Bald Eagle Nests
Bald eagle nests are quite large, averaging the size of a typical bathtub (a round one… 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
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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest known bird nest was create by a pair (or successive pairs) of bald eagles in St. Petersburg, FL. It measured 9.5' wide, 20' deep, and estimated to weigh about 2 tons.