Immature Bald Eagle (54)
|Hi all todays posting is an immature Bald Eagle captured at Prince Rupert. He was feeling very proud as he had just defended his roost from a mature eagle. |
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Species: H. leucocephalus
Bald Eagle range
H. l. leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Southern Bald Eagle
H. l. washingtoniensis Audubon, 1827)
Northern Bald Eagle or Washington's Eagle
Falco leucocephalus Linnaeus, 1766
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), also known in North America as the American Eagle, is a bird of prey found in North America, most recognizable as the national bird of the United States.
The species was on the brink of extinction in the US late in the 20th century, but now has a stable population and is in the process of being removed from the U.S. federal government's list of endangered species. The Bald Eagle was officially reclassified from "Endangered" to "Threatened" on July 12, 1995 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. On July 6, 1999, there was a proposal initiated "To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife." The Rule has yet to be passed.
This sea-eagle gets both its common and scientific names from the distinctive appearance of the adult's head. Bald in the English name is derived from the word piebald, and refers to the white head and tail feathers and their contrast with the darker body. The scientific name is derived from Haliaeetus, New Latin for "sea eagle," (from the Ancient Greek haliaetos) and leucocephalus, Latinized Ancient Greek for "white head", from leukos ("white") and kephale ("head").