The Bald Eagle is becoming more common in north Texas, especially in winter. It is usually found at the larger area lakes. Nesting has increased as well.
Weight: males: 9 –10 lbs, females: 10 – 13 lbs
Description: Very large, distinct bird. Adults have white heads and tails while the rest of the body is dark brown. They have a yellow beak. It takes four years to acquire adult plumage. Birds in their first three years go through a number of plumage changes beginning as all brown and they become more white and brown mottled overall in years two and three.
Habitat: Found near large bodies of water.
Flight: Slow, shallow wing beats. Soars with wings almost flat.
Vocalization: A chirping noise, not very strong.
Food: Mainly fish and waterfowl. Will scavenge these foods if possible.
Nesting: Found in large trees, usually next to water. Site will be re-used every year with additional sticks being added. Nests are usually 6 ft. wide and 2 feet deep, but old nest have been measured up to 8 feet wide and 12 feet deep. Breed in winter. Usually 2 eggs that hatch in about 43 days. Leaves nest in 11 weeks but remains nearby for many weeks.