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.


Many species lay just two eggs and the older, larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling once it has hatched. The parents take no action to stop the killing.

young eaglesSource: wikipedia.org, image: simple.wikipedia.org (public domain)

The Steller's sea eagle, with some of its specimens weighing in over 9 kg (20 lb), is the heaviest eagle in the world.

Steller´s sea eagleSource: wikipedia.org

Eagles’ eyes have a million light-sensitive cells per square mm of retina, five times more than humans. While humans see just three basic colors, eagles see five. These adaptations gives eagles extremely sharp eyesight and enable them to spot even well-camouflaged potential prey from a very long distance.

Eagles’ eyeSource: onekind.org

The largest known kill by an eagle was a duiker deer weighing 37 kg (82 lb), which was up to 8 times more than the weight of the martial eagle that killed it.

martial eagleSource: http://buzzghana.com

Most eagles have a varied diet, but some of them are highly specialized raptors. The Verreaux’s eagle, for example, feeds almost exclusively on rock hyraxes.

Verreaux’s eagleSource: wikipedia.org

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