Cheyenne the Bald Eagle
Found in Canada and every state in the U.S., except Hawaii, Bald Eagles are unique to North America. They are the national symbol of the United States; they are majestic birds that signify strength, independence and dignity.
Our Bald Eagle, Cheyenne, has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years under the permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. She was found near Grand Island, Nebraska with a severely damaged wing believed to be from a gunshot; she arrived at the Gardens emaciated and near death. Since her badly injured wing prevented her from surviving alone in the wild, she is now happy, healthy, and one of our most illustrious animal celebrities.
Bald Eagle Fun Facts
- They have an impressive wingspan of 6 to 7.5 feet.
- Bald eagles may live 30 years or more in the wild and even longer in captivity.
- Eagles have excellent eyesight and are believed to see six to eight times better than humans!
- Bald eagles are not bald. The term bald comes from the Old English word "balde" (bal-duh) which means "white."
- Bald eagles are commonly called “fish eagles” because a large proportion of their diet is fish.
- Bald eagles mate for life.
- Eagles typically make their nests in the tops of tall trees or on the side of a cliff.
- Bald eagles can fly 20-40 mph, dive at speeds of 75-100 mph, and fly at altitudes of 10,000 feet.
- Their large wingspan enables them to soar in the air for hours, riding on natural wind currents and thermal updrafts.
- The Bald Eagle became the United States' national symbol in 1782.
Conservation Status: Threatened
The Bald Eagle is no longer on the endangered species list, but the population is still considered as threatened due to poaching and habitat loss. Studies show there has been a steady increase in the Bald Eagle population over the last few years as researchers continue to find new ways to preserve the Bald Eagle’s natural habitat.