10 Things About Eagles!

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This morning while in my dentist’s waiting area, I was intrigued by this large portrait of 3 eagles.  I love learning about animals that are highly adored by humans- those animals that often make their way into conversation with phrases such as: “bold as a lion”, “silly monkey”, “swim like a fish”, and “soar like an eagle”. 

I left my dentist appointment with eagles on the brain, so I left eager to dig up some information on this majestic bird.  Here is what I learned.  🙂

1. Eagles have exceptionally keen eyesight.  (Up to 3.6 times more keen than the human eye and among the sharpest of any animal.)

2. The eagle is a symbol of power, courage, and majesty.

3. The eagle is the national emblem of the United States.

4. The bald eagle or american eagle is the national bird of the United States.

5. The bald eagle is named so because its white-feathered head appears bald when seen from a distance.

6. Female bald eagles are usually larger than males.  (YESSS! 🙂 )

7. Eagles are among the largest birds of prey.

8. Bald eagles are found throughout most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico.  (About half of the world’s 70, 000 bald eagles live in Alaska.)

9. The bald eagle is the only eagle confined to North America.

10. Scientists divide eagles into 4 groups based on their physical characteristics and behavior.

Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about eagles!  I sure did!  🙂

If you want to enjoy more eagle readings, here are my sources:

http://animal.discovery.com/birds/eagle-info.htm

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/eagles/introduction/3089/

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/

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