Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766)

Bald Eagle

CLASSIFICATION

Main Group: Animal

Sublevel 1: Vertebrate

Sublevel 2: Bird

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Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Haliaeetus

Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND

Origin: Extirpated (Breeding), Reintroduced

Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: No

Rarity Designations:
U.S. - Delisted 2007/08/08 (Lower 48 states)
CT - State Threatened
MA - State Threatened
ME - State Special Concern
NH - State Threatened
RI - Federally Threatened
VT - State Endangered
CT WAP (2015) - GCN (Important)
MA SWAP (2015) - SGCN
NH WAP (2015) - SGCN
RI WAP (2015) - SGCN
VT Draft WAP (Sept. 2015) - SGCN (High Priority)

BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Feeding Type: Heterotroph

HABITAT

ASSOCIATED SPECIES

NOTES

Bald Eagles are considered a problem in Maine where they predate the nests of the state-threatened Great Cormorant. There is concern that predation from Bald Eagles will result in the extirpation of Great Cormorants from Maine in the very near future (Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 2016).

REFERENCES

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW). 2016. SGCN (Species of Greatest Conservation Need) Report. Maine 2015 Wildlife Action Plan Revision. Report Date: January 13, 2016. Available from: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/reports/pdfs/SGCN_Reports/SGCN/Great%20Cormorant__Phalacrocorax%20carbo.pdf.

PHOTOS OF Haliaeetus leucocephalus

PHOTOS OF SPECIES ASSOCIATIONS