Ms. Jefferson

Learn About Ms. Jefferson

  • 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: Female
    • Lives In: Eagle Flight

She was brought in to us as a young juvenile after falling (or being pushed) out of her nest. Both her wings were severely fractured, leaving her unable to fly more than a few feet at a time. She usually gets around by walking and hopping. At 13 pounds, she is the largest of all our bald eagles, and is definitely the most vocal! Since she was raised by humans after realizing there was no hope of release, she is very people-oriented. Favorite perching spots in Eagle Flight: tree trunk behind the blue spruce (in cold and/or rainy weather), or front left corner by the pond (when the sun is out).