USGS - science for a changing world

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

  Home About NPWRC Our Science Staff Employment Contacts Common Questions About the Site

The Bald Eagle in Oklahoma

Bald and Golden Eagles in Flight


When an eagle is seen flying overhead, look for these characteristics to distinguish between bald and golden eagles, young and adult birds.

GIF - Adult Bald Eagle

The adult bald eagle with its dark body and white head and tail, is an unmistakable bird.

GIF - Immature Bald Eagle

Immature bald eagles show a whiteline on the underwing coverts. The body is dark but usually has irregular white mottling in the feathers until close to adulthood.

GIF - Red-tailed Hawk

(Red-tailed hawk shown for size comparison.)

GIF - Immature Golden Eagle

Immature golden eagles have dark bodies with a white patch in the wing feathers and white at the base of the tail.

GIF - Adult Golden Eagle

The adult golden eagle is solid dark brown with a golden nape of the neck and faint bars in the tail.


Previous Section -- Nesting Eagles
Return to Contents
Next Section -- Bald Eagle Facts

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/okbald/flight.htm
Page Contact Information: Webmaster
Page Last Modified: Friday, 01-Feb-2013 19:41:26 EST
Reston, VA [vaww55]