Eagles are large birds of prey

Posted on December 22 2009 Add Comments

eagleEagles are known as the large birds of prey and the members of the bird family Accipitridae. They belong to many genera that are not closely related to each other. More than 60 species occur in Africa and Eurasia. Outside this area, only two species: the Golden and Bald Eagles can be found in the Canada and USA, nine more in Central and South America, whereas three in Australia.

The bald eagle is a magnificent bird of prey and is not really bald. It has white feathers on its head. The name “bald” is derived from an obsolete English word meaning white. The bald eagle has been the national symbol of the United States of America since 1782.

Eagles mainly by their larger size are differentiated from many other birds of prey and they are more powerful build and heavier head and beak. Like the Booted Eagle, even the smallest eagles have relatively broader and longer wings, and faster, direct flight.

Apart from the vultures, most eagles are larger than any other raptors. Eagles can range in size from the South Nicobar Serpent-eagle, at 500 grams and 40 cm, to the 6.7-kg Steller’s Sea Eagle and the 100 cm Philippine Eagle.

Eagles build their nests known as eyries, on high cliffs or in tall trees. Most of the species lay two eggs, but the older and larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling once it has hatched. The dominant chick tries to be the female because they are bigger than the male. Their parents do not take action to stop the killing.

So, this is all about Eagles.

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