Learn About Defiance

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 40-50 yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 20 yrs
  • Wingspan: 6-7.5ft
  • Weight: 9-13 lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Most of the Northern Hemisphere (excluding Mexico)
  • Habitat in the Wild: Mature forests and open bodies of water
    • Diet in the Wild: fish, carrion, waterfowl, small mammals
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: fish, poultry, venison
    • Gender: Male
    • Lives In: Birds of Prey Center

If you’ve ever caught one of WLI’s many parade appearances, odds are you’ve met Defiance. He lives in the Bird of Prey (BOP) Barn along with the other birds that are glove trained (unlike the birds in Eagle Flight). His sociable temperament has made him our default eagle ambassador for most outreach events. He even filmed a cell phone ad for Radio Shack in Los Angeles in 2008. He considers himself a star and so do we.