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Eagles are large birds of prey which are members of the bird family Accipitridae. Eagles are differentiated from many other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beak. Even the smallest eagles, like the Booted Eagle, have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from the vultures.

Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong muscular legs, and powerful talons. They also have extremely keen eyesight which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance.

Bald Eagle Facts

Bald Eagle Facts
Bald Eagle were named the national bird of the United States of America in 1782. It has been a tried and true symbol of American Liberties and Freedom for over 200 years. The Bald Eagle is an integral part of many of the symbols and seals, related to the government of the United States of America.

The Bald Eagle population experienced a sharp decline in the mid 20th century to due to the loss of habitat, and harmful pesticides like DDT which caused infertility or the shells of laid eggs to be brittle.

Bald Eagles are birds of prey and are native to North America. Bald Eagles live near sea coasts, rivers, lakes and oceans. Bald Eagles basically live in places with an abundance of fertile fishing grounds. A Bald Eagle’s diet consists of primarily fish but they are considered opportunistic hunters, and will attack small or injured animals that they encounter. Bald Eagles can fly 35-42 mph or 30 mph while carrying a fish.

Bald Eagles construct their nests in tall trees or cliffs over water. Bald Eagles use large sticks to construct their nests. The nests are lined with twigs, grasses and other materials. The nests are typically 2 feet deep and five feet wide. Bald Eagles will often reuse the same nest each year.

The wing span of a Bald Eagles can reach in excess of six and half feet. Bald Eagles body length is 3-3.5 feet. Female Bald Eagles are 25% larger than their male counterparts. Bald Eagles have long talons for grasping their prey. Bald Eagles are also known for their hooked yellow beaks and their white heads for which they are named.

Bald Eagles lay 2-3 eggs and both parents take turns watching over the nest and keeping the eggs warm. Bald Eagles life expectancy in the wild is approximately 20 years.

Bald Eagles are considered sacred in many Native American cultures. Some Natives consider Bald Eagles messengers between Gods and humans. The feathers of a Bald Eagle are often used in traditional Native American ceremonies and often represent honor.

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