In this blog article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common questions that people have about the mighty bald eagle’s flying capabilities, such as: How fast can eagles fly? How high can eagles fly? How much weight can an eagle lift? And, what’s the wingspan of an eagle?
Bald eagles are good-sized birds, and if you’ve had the opportunity to see one up close and personal, then you can appreciate just how large these majestic raptors really are. A mature, adult bald eagle stands at around 32 inches tall and weighs 8 to 14 pounds on average. As I explored in a past video about what eagles eat, while there are all sorts of wild, ridiculous myths about the things eagles will carry away and feed on, in reality, they’re able to lift and carry away prey items that weigh up to around 4 pounds. However, 4 pounds is still a substantial load for a bird to fly with. It takes a big, strong set of wings to haul off that much weight, but with a wingspan of 5 ½ to almost 8 feet long (depending on the eagle’s age and size), the mighty bald eagle is up to the job.
Eagle Flight Speed
While bald eagles are often seen gracefully gliding around the vast open skies, when they’re cruising along more deliberately while en route to a particular location, they typically fly at speeds of 35 to 45 MPH. However, when in hunting mode, eagles can gain an incredible amount of momentum and acceleration and come divebombing in to grab a prey item at astonishing speeds of up to 75 to 100 MPH, which is an amazing sight to behold!
Eagle Flight Altitude
Along with being able to fly at amazing speeds and carry heavy loads while in flight, the bald eagle can also reach mind-blowing heights! With their enormous wings, eagles can make use of the warm updrafts of air in an area, and can be seen gracefully soaring and circling through the sky higher and higher and higher…all the way up to heights of well over 10,000 feet!
So there you have it, that’s a quick overview of the flaying capabilities of the mighty and majestic bald eagle. If’ you’d like to see more, check out the video below.