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Bald Eagle Nests

Nest Characteristics

Bald eagle nests are quite large, averaging the size of a typical bathtub (a round oneā€¦ more like a hot tub) and a depth of 3 to 4 feet. To support this size, the nests are most often found in large trees, built about 2/3 to 3/4 up the height of the tree. Less commonly, they can be found on the ground or on cliffs. The nests are made of large sticks.

Other raptors build large nests too, e.g. Osprey and Red-Tailed Hawks. Osprey nests are situated at the top of trees or other structures and are not as deep. Red-tailed hawk nests are smaller overall and are built with relatively smaller branches and twigs, about thumb size or smaller, instead of large sticks.

Facts About Bald Eagle Nests

Relative Size
An average bathtub
Average Depth
3 to 4 feet
Primary Location
Trees, about 2/3 to 3/4 up the height of the tree
large eagle nest photo by USFWS; nest thumbnail photo by MassWildlife/Bill Byrne
Last Updated: July 16, 2014
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