From the dense forests of eastern Russia to the barren tundra of the Arctic, Eagle Hall provides visitors with the opportunity to see two very different species of birds of prey.
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.
With their white plumage, cat-like golden eyes, and powerful talons, Snowy Owls are among the world’s most strikingly beautiful birds of prey. Adorned with a thick mantle of feathers to protect
them from the Arctic cold, Snowy Owls thrive during frigid winter days.
National Aviary guests can visit a pair of Snowy Owls on exhibit daily
during the late fall, winter and early spring months.
Tundra, age 2, and Glacier, age 5, came to the National Aviary from a
falconer after being deemed non-releasable. Both owls are male and still
retain some of their juvenile gray and brown barred plumage. As they
age they will become increasingly pure white!
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!