L is for Leucocephalus meaning 'white head' as in Haliaeetus leucocephalus, an Eagle with a white head
|Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 2, 2019|
'Bald' is a misnomer that arose because of the contrast between the dark body and the white head, but the 'leucocephalus' in the scientific name correctly states White Head. Bald Eagles typically nest in the tallest trees in the forest so that they have a clear view in all directions. Their main source of food is fresh-caught fish, but they also kill and eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. If food is scarce, they may resort to scavenging in garbage dumps and competing with Vultures for carrion.
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