Two adult bald eagles recently “talon-locked” during a mid-air battle in Duluth, Minn. and crash-landed on the Duluth International Airport tarmac. While one bird was able to fly away, the other was severely injured and was taken to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for care.
Talon-locking is known to occur among eagles of the same sex during breeding territory battles and among male and female eagles during courtship.
The eagle cared for at The Raptor Center sustained puncture wounds from the second bird’s talons and is expected to recover.
Watch a KARE 11 video featuring The Raptor Center executive director Julia Ponder, D.V.M., and the bald eagle patient here.