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.
Bateleur Eagles are found throughout the open grasslands and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. Like a vulture, this warm weather species feeds extensively on carrion, but it also will prey on a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles, including venomous snakes. In fact, the Bateleur is most closely related to African eagles in the genus Circaetus, commonly known as “snake eagles.”
The National Aviary is one of just 11 zoos nationwide to exhibit these regal birds. Because this species does not like cold weather, our Bateleur Eagle pair will only be on exhibit through early fall!
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!