Copyright

Bald Eagle Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Lindsey Spencer

Lindsey has taught regular and special educations students in grades 1-8 since 2009 and has a master's degree in special education.

In this lesson, learn about the life cycle of America's national bird, the bald eagle. Follow a bald eagle through each stage of its life cycle, from egg to adult.

The Cycle of Life

Every living creature and plant has a life cycle. Frogs begin as eggs, turn into tadpoles, grow into adult frogs, and lay their own eggs. Even people go through life cycles. People start life as babies, become children, grow into adults, and have children of their own.

Bald eagles have a life cycle, too.

Bald Eagle Nests and Eggs

High in the trees found near coastlines and rivers, male and female bald eagles build huge nests made out of sticks. Usually, bald eagles will use the same nest year after year, adding new sticks each year to make the nest bigger. Bald eagle nests are some of the largest nests built by birds. They can measure 6 feet across and 4 feet high and weigh hundreds of pounds!

Bald eagle nest
bald eagle nest

After a female and male bald eagle finish building the nest, the female bald eagle usually lays two eggs. Both a male and female bald eagle will sit on the eggs to keep them warm, but the female does most of the work.

After about 35 days, the babies, or eaglets, hatch out of the eggs.

Eaglets

Eaglets grow very quickly. It only takes eaglets about 12 weeks from when they hatch to when they first try to fly.

When eaglets are three weeks old, they're about one foot tall, and their feet and beaks are almost the same size as their parents. When eaglets are six weeks old, they're almost as tall as their parents!

These eaglets are a couple of weeks old.
eaglets

Fledglings

When eaglets are about 12 weeks old, they no longer have any fuzz. While the fuzz helps keep to keep the eagle babies warm, it's not at all useful for flying. Eaglets at this age, called fledglings, have grown feathers, which are very good for flying. At this stage, fledglings don't look like adult bald eagles, with their dark brown, almost black, bodies and white heads.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support