The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey found in North America.
Its range includes most of Alaska, Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico.
The bald eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 8.2 ft wide.
A symbol of strength and freedom, the bald eagle was chosen in 1782 as the National Emblem and is pictured on the Great Seal of the United States.
The bald eagle earned its name from the Old English word "balde," meaning white, referring to the distinctive white feathers covering its head and tail.