From the dense forests of eastern Russia to the grasslands of the African savanna, 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.
Eurasian Eagle Owls are likely the largest species of owl in the world. Great Grey Owls (Strix nebulosa) are slightly longer in the body, and Blakiston's Fish Owls (Bubo blakistoni) weigh a little more, but only the Eurasian Eagle Owl boasts a six-and-a-half-foot wingspan. Its conscpicuous ear tufts are reminiscent of North America's Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), but the Eagle Owl's orange eyes and great size make it distinctive.
As an apex predator, the Eurasian Eagle Owl has no natural predators. Even the Golden Eagle, with whom the Eagle Owl shares both range and food preferences, is seldom in direct conflict with the Owls, thanks to the birds hunting at different times of day (the Golden Eagle in daytime, the Eagle Owl at night). A lifespan of 20 years in the wild isn't uncomoon for Eurasian Eagle Owls; birds in captivity have been known to live as much as 60 years.
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!