Ötzi Village & Birds of Prey Park - Am Tauferberg 8 - 6441 Umhausen

Bald eagle

Haliaeetus Leucocephalus


Order: Birds of Prey (Accipitriformes)

Family: Hawkweed (Accipitridae)

Size: 70 – 90 cm

Span: 180 – 250 cm

Weight: 2.500 – 6.300 g


The bald eagle is probably one of the most well known birds of prey. Especially typical of the animal made symbolic by the USA, is the white head and the white tail (shock) with the dark overall plumage. However, the eagle does not always look like this. At the age of 1 to about 8 years, the plumage is dappled grey-brown. The Bald eagle is a true gourmet, who almost exclusively feeds on salmon, but can also live as a scavenger. In winter, when the rivers freeze over, large colonies of birds often gather. However, it is not very peaceful here, the birds scrap and fight and it is quite possible for a caught fish to change its owner up to 8 times before it is eaten.