Parks & Recreation
Meet the Bald Eagles at Wildwood Zoo
A new eagle joined our zoo October 23, 2009. Liberty was an immature bald eagle when he arrived and did not yet have the white head and tail feathers of a mature eagle. Eagles do not get their white feathers until they are 4 or 5 years old. Liberty now has his white feathers. Liberty came to us from Treehouse Wildlife Center near Brighton, Illinois. He was found with a wing injury and could not be released back into the wild. Without doing a DNA test or internal exam it is very hard to determine the sex of birds of prey. We originally believed Liberty was a female based on size (females birds of prey are larger) but now that he is mature you can see that Liberty is smaller than Amber so we are pretty sure Liberty is a male bird.
Amber is a female bald eagle born in the wild. Her age is unknown. She was received from the Raptor Education Group in Antigo, Wisconsin in 2001. Amber was found injured and is unable to fly long distances. Amber is very shy and likes to keep her space from people. She enjoys perching in the higher areas of her exhibit and waits to eat her food until the evening hours.
Bald Eagles are very large birds of prey and are recognized as our national bird. Bald Eagles weigh between 9 and 13 pounds and can have a seven-foot wingspan. That is as long as a basketball player’s arm-span! Bald Eagles are members of the sea eagle family. They have a very large beak that is adapted to catching and eating fish. Bald Eagles are very opportunistic however, and will eat almost anything that they can catch or steal from smaller predators. They often feed on dead fish that are floating on the water.