Aquila – Bald Eagle
Aquila was found near Petersburg on December 14th of 2022 with a broken wing near his wrist where the bones were exposed and dry. That meant the tip of the wing was amputated. With that type of injury Aquila was not able to return to the wild. At the time of his rescue he was four years old due to the coloring of his feathers on his head and tail.
The Bald Eagle dwarfs most other raptors, including the Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk. It has a heavy body, large head, and long, hooked bill. In flight, a Bald Eagle holds its broad wings flat like a board. Adult Bald Eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts. Young birds attain adult plumage in about five years. Their nests can be 8-9 feet across and weigh over a ton. Bald Eagles scavenge many meals by harassing other birds or by eating carrion or garbage. They eat mainly fish, but also hunt mammals, gulls, and waterfowl. Look for Bald Eagles near lakes, reservoirs, rivers, marshes, and coasts.
Aquila was named by Hamilton Telecommunications. This name was chosen because of its significance to both eagles and the Edgerton Explorit Center’s other science programming which includes a portable planetarium and star shows. Aquila is the name of the constellation, Aquila – the Eagle.
Aquila was named by Hamilton Telecommunications.