25 Interesting Facts About Eagles That Might Change The Way You See Them

Posted by , Updated on December 7, 2016

January 10th is the Save The Eagles Day, and we decided to raise awareness of this day and eagles in general by writing a post dedicated to these magnificent birds. The Save The Eagles Day was started as one of the campaigns to save the bald eagle, who was facing extinction in the 20th century and the efforts were successful as it was removed from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife in 2007. The national animal of the USA and a symbol of power, courage, and freedom, the bald eagle has been saved, but the future of some other species is still uncertain, making Save The Eagles Day topical every year. To show you how amazing creatures eagles actually are, we compiled this post with 25 Interesting Facts About Eagles That Might Change The Way You See Them.

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Measuring up to 102 cm (3.35 ft) in length and weighing up to 8 kg (17.6 lb), the Philippine eagle is one of the largest, heaviest, and strongest eagles in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the rarest birds as it is critically endangered. Killing this bird in the Philippines (where it is the national animal) is punishable under local law by up to 12 years in jail.

Philippine eagleSource: wikipedia.org

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The largest tree nest ever recorded for any animal species was built by the bald eagle. It was 4 m (13 ft) deep, 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, and 1 metric ton (1.1 short tons) in weight.

bald eagleSource: wikipedia.org
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Eagles are very intelligent birds. For example, in Greece, golden eagles eat turtles, dropping them from great heights onto rocks to break open their armored carapaces.

golden eagleSource: prezi.com, image: pixabay.com (public domain)
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Eagles have played an important role in many cultures – both ancient and recent. Ancient writers such as Lucan and Pliny the Elder claimed that the eagle was able to look directly at the sun, and that they forced their fledglings (young eagles) to do the same. Those that blinked would be cast from the nest. This belief persisted until the Medieval Era.

eagleSource: wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)
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Eagles are an exceptionally common symbol in heraldry, being considered the "King of Birds," in contrast to the lion, the "King of Beasts." In fact, as many as 25 countries currently have eagles depicted in their coats of arms.

AustriaSource: wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

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