Talk:Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Captive Care[edit]

Partial wing amputee eagles are commonly found in captiviy in the United States. These birds will need calm surroundings and some individuals may require soft mesh instead of traditional bars or fencing to prevent them from wounding themselves on the walls of their enclosures. They do well on a whole food diet of thawed pre-killed rodents, dietary supplments are often provided. Nervous, they are not always a good choice for exhibits, depending on the individual. They do not make good birds for outreach educational programs or close encounter format demonstrations. Amputees will need low perches, and after snowstorms their enclosures will need shoveling to allow the eagles to move about as their mobility is limited. They do not seek out shelters or cavities when cold, so wind breaks should be provided.

When handled the bird should be firmly held by its legs. Covering the face with a towel will reduce stress. A second person may be needed to keep the wings folded under the bird, which will be lying on its back on a flat surface. If the surface is hard, padding, such as an additional towel, is suggested. Birds should not have their abdomens restricted as this will prevent breathing. Thick gloves are recommended when initally catching the bird.

Do not loosen the grip on the legs at any time! They will lie totally still, until they feel the grip relax, then struggle violently. Females are more agressive than males when being handled.