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

Posted by on January 10, 2017

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.



10

Bald eagles are not bald. The name derives from an older meaning of the word, derived from piebald, referring to their white heads.

Source: express.co.uk

9

Similar to horses, who can sleep while standing up, eagles have a specialized mechanism in their feet that allows them to lock in position so they can sleep while sitting on a branch.

Source: ccbbirds.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)

8

To defend their territories and attract a mate, bald eagles put on spectacular aerial displays including death-defying swoops and seemingly suicidal dogfights that involve locking talons with another bird and free-falling in a spiral.

Source: onekind.org

7

Eagles are informally divided into four groups: fish eagles (feed mainly on fish), booted eagles (have feathered lower legs), snake eagles (hunt reptiles), and Harpy eagles (inhabit tropical forests).

Source: wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com (public domain)



6

Eagles have up to 7,000 feathers that account for about 5% of their body mass.

Source: ccbbirds.org