- Length: 32 inches Wingspan: 80 inches
- Sexes similar
- Very large, broad-winged, broad-tailed hawk
- Rounded wings
- Thick, hooked bill
- Plucks fish from water with talons
- White head and upper neck
- White tail
- Dark brown body plumage
- Yellow bill
- Dark bill and dark cere
- Dark brown body plumage, including head and tail
- Variable amounts of white on underwing coverts, belly, and back
- White head and tail, and dark underwings are gradually acquired in four
Turkey Vulture has a tiny, unfeathered head, holds its wings in a dihedral,
and has contrastingly paler flight feathers. Golden Eagle can be quite similar
to immature Balds, or to adults at a distance but is all dark as an adult and as
an immature has white restricted to the bases of the flight feathers and the
bases of the tail feathers. The white is confined to crisp patches on the wing
and tail, and is not blotchily scattered about underwings coverts as in immature
Bald Eagles. Immature Golden Eagles have yellow ceres while immature Balds have
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds
of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Murphy.
Above information used courtesy of
United States Geological Survey Patuxent.
Information about the
Bald Eagle coming off of Endangered Species List at the US Fish & Wildlife
Service Web site.