Mighty EagleKing of Birds

Mighty Eagle
Areas of expertise
  • Eyesight is 5 times better than the human
  • More than 60 eagle species
  • Can see up to 3 kilometers away
  • Has 1 million cones per mm² on its retina
  • “The King of Birds”
  • MBA, University of Oakland Zoo
  • BS, Engineering, Technical University of Brookfield Zoo
  • PHD, Woodland Park Zoo University

Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. Eagles belong to several groups of genera, some of which are closely related. Most of the 60 species of eagle are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found—2 in North America, 9 in Central and South America, and 3 in Australia. Eagles are not a natural group but denote essentially any bird of prey large enough to hunt sizeable (about 50 cm long or more overall) vertebrate prey.

Differences in weight and wingspan between bald and golden eagles.
Bald Eagle-Weight-Male:10lb/Female:12lb/
Wingspan Range: 71–91in Av: 81in
Golden Eagle-Weight-Male: 8.1lb/Female:11.4lb/
Wingspan Range: 71–92in Av: 81.5in

Fascinating Eagle Facts:
1. Eagles are one of the biggest birds on the planet.
2. Eagles commonly feed on fish
3. The average eagle has a lifespan of 20 years.
4. Eagle beaks bend with age.
5. January 10th is the Save the Eagles Day
6. The bald eagle is one of the national symbols of the United States.
7. Eagles can fly as high as 15,000 feet.
8. Eagles can fly up to 160 kilometers per hour.
9. The United States protects eagles seriously
10. There are over 60 different species of eagle, most of them from Africa, Asia and Europe.
11. Despite the bald eagle being an emblem of the United States, just two species can be found on the continent.
12. The eagle is known to be one of the strongest birds able to carry the heaviest loads, with one being recorded carrying 15 lbs (6.8 kg).
13. The eagle featured on U.S. currency was modeled on a real bald eagle named Peter who used to live on top of the U.S. Mint. After his death in 1836, Peter was stuffed and is still on display inside the very building upon which he once nested
14. Eagles have been used in the police and the army several times, and in The Netherlands, eagles were trained to help control drones.
9. The bald eagle was nearly replaced as the national symbol
10. Bald Eagles can live for nearly four decades in the wild


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