A Bald Eagle Nest Can Weigh up to 2 Tons

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The bald eagle is the national bird of the US. It’s known for its huge wingspan of up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) and incredible flight speed of 200 mph. There’s another monumental thing about this bird that you may have not known about – the size of its nest.

Like most birds, bald eagles build nests in trees. However, their nests are so heavy that they can easily break those trees. A typical bald eagle nest has a diameter of up to 5 feet and is up to 6 feet deep. The biggest nest ever discovered was in Florida in the ’60s, and it had a diameter of 9.6 feet, depth of 20 feet, and weighed 2.2 tons. Another one found in Ohio in 120s weighed around 2 tons and had an 8.5 feet diameter and 12 feet depth.

In order to build such a massive nest, bald eagles need to work on it consistently over a long period of time. They use the same nest for years and constantly add new material to it. The 2-ton Ohio nest was estimated to be around 35 years old when it fell from a tree.