Data released on May 22, 2014
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus(Linnaeus, 1766)) is the official emblem of the United States and it belongs to a group of birds known as fish eagles. They are a large bird with adults weighing upto 4kg.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomic Project . DNA was collected from a male bird bred at the NC Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina, USA. The sequencing was conducted at WUSTL. We sequenced the 1.4Gb genome to a depth of approximately 88X with short reads from a series of libraries with various insert sizes (170bp, 500bp, 800bp, 2kb, 5kb, 10kb and 20kb).
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.26Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 10kb and 670kb respectively. We identified 16,526 protein-coding genes with an mean length of 19kb.