Identifying Bald Eagles, Young and Old

When you envision a bald eagle, you probably think of a big brown bird with a white head and tail. Depending upon age, juveniles can have a variety of plumages—dark heads with dark bellies, white heads with dark bellies, or even dark heads with white bellies! Tails can be dark, white, or some of each. Let us help you gain a richer, more nuanced understanding of this majestic species!


  • Plumage in Four Parts
  • The Tail’s Details
  • Bald vs. Goldens
  • Identification by Shape
  • And Much More!


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