Aquila Capite Albo: The Bald Eagle.
This bird weighs nine pounds: the Iris of the eye white; over which
is a prominence, cover'd with a yellow skin; the Bill yellow, with
the Sear of the same colour: the Legs and Feet are yellow; the Tallons
black; the Head and part of the Neck is white, as is the Tail; all
the rest of the Body, and Wings, are brown.
Tho' it is an Eagle of a small size, yet has great strength and
spirit, preying on Pigs, Lambs, and Fawns.
They always make their Nests near the sea, or great rivers, and
usually on old, dead Pine or Cypress-trees, continuing to build
annually on the same tree, till it falls. Tho' he is so formidable
to all birds, yet he suffers them to breed near his royal nest without
molestation; particularly the fishing and other Hawks, Herons, &c.
which all make their nests on high trees; and in some places are
so near one another, that they appear like a Rookery. This Bird
is called the BALD EAGLE, both in Virginia and Carolina, tho' his
head is as much feather'd as the other parts of his body.
Both Cock and Hen have white Heads, and their other parts differ
very little from one another.