From the dense, often cold forests of eastern Russia to the barren grasslands of Sub-Saharan Africa, Eagle Hall provides visitors with the opportunity to see two very different species of eagles.
Steller’s Sea Eagles are one of the largest eagle species on the planet with
wingspans of 6 ½ to 8 feet. They are found throughout eastern Russia,
northern Japan and as far south as Korea. Living in climates with cool
summers and winters reaching lows of -30 degrees, Steller’s are
comfortable in a wide range of temperatures.
Visitors can recognize the difference between the Steller’s pair by
comparing the birds’ size. Like most raptor species, the female, Aleutia is
larger than her mate Kodiak.
Bateleur Eagles are one of the world’s smallest eagle species. A
warm weather and colorful species, Bateleurs are native to Africa.
They prefer open country, where they can hunt for prey as small as
termites to as large as a young antelope.
“Bateleur” comes from the French word for tightrope walker and
refers to the eagle’s habit of teetering side to side in flight on up
tilted winds. Their scientific name, ecaudatus means “tailless.”
With their exhibits side-by-side, visitors can compare the Steller’s
long tails to the Bateleur’s short tails.
Also while visiting Eagle Hall, see how you compare to the world’s eagles with the National Aviary’s wingspan and height display.
Looking for Liberty the Bald Eagle? Visitors can now see Liberty in her outdoor exhibit in Condor Court!