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Golden Eagle

Bald Eagle

- Golden eagles, on average live about 30 years in the wild.- The golden eagle is North America's largest bird of prey and the national bird of Mexico.- These birds range from Mexico through much of western North America and go as far north as Alaska. They also live in the east but are not many there. Golden eagles are also found in Asia, northern Africa, and Europe.- Golden eagles are protected by law.- Golden eagle pairs have territories that may be as large as 60 square miles.- While Golden Eagles usually fly at average speeds of 28–32 mph, they can glide quickly at up to 81 mph and can reach 150 mph when diving after prey.

There are about 59 different species of eagles throughout the world, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They fall into four different groups: the Sea and Fish Eagles, the Snake Eagles, the Harpy Eagles, and the Booted Eagles.

Audio from national geographic

Audio from national geographic

-Bald eagles, on average live about 30 years in the wild.- A bald eagle's white head may make it look bald, but actually the name comes from the old English word "balde" meaning white.- These birds have been the national symbol of the United States since 1782.- Female bald eagles are slightly bigger than males. - Bald eagles were once almost extinct because of hunting and pollution, but laws created almost 40 years ago have helped protect them, and they've made a comeback.- Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.

The National Eagle Center

Flying Eagle Point of View

Located in Wabasha, MN, The National Eagle Center is a sanctuary for injured eagles as well as a place where people can come and learn about them.

"We provide the opportunity to learn more about our national symbol and get up close for a truly nose to beak experience."

Learn more about The National Eagle Center athttp://www.nationaleaglecenter.org

-Eagles have amazing eyesight. Their eyes are very large in proportion to their heads and they have extremely large pupils. Eagles’ eyes have a million light-sensitive cells per square mm of retina, five times more that a human’s 200,000. While humans see just three basic colors, eagles see five. These adaptations gives eagles extremely keen eyesight and make it possible for them to spot even well-camouflaged animals from a very long distance away. In fact the eagles’ vision is among the sharpest of any animal. Studies show that eagles can spot an animal the size of a rabbit from over a mile away.-Eagles are different from many other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beak.- Eagles eat a wide range of prey including reptiles, birds, mammals, and fish. With their sharp talons they can take down animals as large as deer.-These carnivorous birds can only lift about half their body weight. If they catch a fish that weighs more than that, they might hang onto it with their talons and "swim" to shore using their huge wings.Bald Eagle Catches Salmon


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