Q:

What is the life cycle of an eagle?

A:

Quick Answer

Eagles are hatched from eggs and are fed in the nest by their parents. When they are old enough to fly, they leave the nest and feed themselves. When eagles reach maturity, they mate and lay eggs, beginning a new life cycle.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

In the wild, the typical lifespan of a bald eagle is up to 28 years, and the lifespan of a golden eagle is approximately 30 years. Both species are typically monogamous and have one mate for life. After mating in the spring, eagles lay one to four eggs.

Bald eagles incubate their eggs for approximately 35 days while golden eagle eggs incubate for 40 to 45 days. Both parent eagles participate in caring for the eggs and feeding and protecting the chicks when they hatch.

Eagle chicks fledge and are able to fly at approximately 12 weeks old. The parent eagles leave the young within three to eight days after they fledge and the young eagles leave the nest area approximately four to six days later, according to Hancock Wildlife Foundation. Most eagles find a mate and begin breeding when they are five years old.

Depending on the climate, some eagles migrate south for the winter where food is more plentiful. Eagles are carnivorous and eat fish and other small game.

Learn more about Eagles

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What animal eats the harpy eagle?

    A:

    Harpy eagles are apex predators and, consequently, only suffer predation from other harpy eagles while they are young and in the nest. Even this is rare, as at least one parent stays in the nest to defend the young. Adult harpy eagles have no natural predators.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Does Pittsburgh have an eagle nest cam?

    A:

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has an eagle nest camera named the Hays Bald Eagle Nest Cam. The camera is located near the community of Hays, a neighborhood on the east side of Pittsburgh. As of 2015, the Hays Bald Eagle Nest Cam is the only bald eagle camera in Pennsylvania.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is shown on the Alcoa eagle cam?

    A:

    The Alcoa eagle cam shows Liberty and Justice, a pair of bald eagles who nest on the Alcoa Davenport Works property in Davenport, Iowa. Two streaming video cameras offer viewers real-time glimpses into the lives of these eagles and their offspring.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can you view a video of the Decorah eagle's nest online?

    A:

    Ustream provides the live video stream of the Decorah eagle's nest. Several other websites also link to the Ustream feed. The Raptor Research Project runs the nest project and streams live 24 hours a day.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore