The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States. They live throughout North America, from Alaska to Florida. The Bald Eagle isn't really bald. He just has a hood of white feathers on his head as you can see in the pictures. He also has a beautiful white tail and a bright yellow beak. When a baby Bald Eagle hatches from an egg, he doesn't have a white hood or tail. He will not have them until he is an adult, about four years old. The Bald Eagle is a bird of prey, which means he is a hunter. He is also an erne, or sea eagle, which means that he likes to live near bodies of water where it is easy to catch fish. The Bald Eagle has big talons, or claws, that he uses to grab fish near the surface of the water. A Bald Eagle will look down on the lake or river he is hunting in and wait until he spots a fish. Then he will swiftly swoop down to the water to grab the fish with his sharp, strong talons. Although the Bald Eagle is a bird of prey, he isn't always able to catch enough fish to keep him strong so he sometimes steals fish from other birds or eats fish that have already died.
The Bald Eagle steals fish from other birds, such as Ospreys, by swooping and pecking at the other bird in the air as it is carrying a fish. The Eagle will keep bothering the other bird until he lets go of his fish. Then the Eagle grabs the fish and keeps it for himself!
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