OUTDOORSFor the CCW To say bald eagles are kleptomaniacs wouldn't be quite correct-they do have a persistent impulse to steal, but for them it is not abnormal. More precisely, they engage in kleptoparasitism. A parasite takes without making any useful return and for the eagle it is parasitism by theft-a form of feeding in which one steals another animal's food rather than hunting for themselves. Of course eagles hunt, but I'm amazed at the amount of energy eagles expend chasing other animals, especially birds, in an effort to appropriate their dinner. Watching them from around my remote cabin, it appears they are unsuccessful more often than not.
Looking up to a favorite local, the bald eagle