About Bald Eagles

The adult bald eagle plumage consists of a white head and tail with a dark brown body. The bald eagle is not really bald — "bald" meant "white" in Old English. The plumage of juveniles is an overall brown with some cream or white feathers mottled in. Bald eagles switch from their juvenile plumage to adult plumage at around 5 years of age. 

Adults average 3 feet from head to tail and weigh 7-14 pounds (depending on the sex of the eagle). The adult bald eagle has a wingspan that can reach up to 7 feet. It is difficult to distinguish between the sexes, but in general, the female is larger than the male.

Bald Eagle at the Akron Zoo

The bald eagles at the Akron Zoo call Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge home. All six bald eagles were injured in their native habitat and rehabilitated, but due to their injuries, they were unable to be released. The eagles are not able to fly as many are missing parts or all of a wing. 

Because they hatched in their native habitat, the birth dates of our eagles are unknown. 

  • Unity – male
  • Wayne – female
  • Lakota – female
  • Petry – male
  • Spirit – female
  • Knox – male