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Eagles are the most majestic birds in the world. Here are some surprising facts about these magnificent birds that will blow your mind:

  1. The eagle is one of the largest and most powerful birds of prey, making it the most dangerous predator in the bird world. The smaller eagles also fly faster, more directly and with a wingspan more massive than any other bird.
  2. The most massive kill by an eagle is the duiker deer whereby the eagle carried about 7-8 times its weight.
  3. The smallest eagle breed is the South Nicobar serpent eagle which is roughly 1lb in weight and is 16inches in length. These birds do not find it hard to catch prey similar to its size, and they are currently considered “near threatened.”
  4. Over sixty species of eagles are located, and many are in Eurasia and Africa. South America has about 14 species of eagles, and North America has two species; the golden eagle and bald eagles.eagle
  5. The Eagles have different prey varieties among the species, eagles in the open habitats catch any a medium sized animal while the fish eagles mostly catch fish and water birds. Other species of eagle prey on mammals by which they achieve through smart flying.
  6. They do not migrate and can live their whole life in the place where they were born, but they will fly away if the food and temperature levels change in the area. They prefer hunting in the morning and afternoon during the warmer seasons.
  7. They have a very peculiar habit of returning to the same nest every year. Due to this behavior, they have large nest which can come up to 8 feet in length, 15 feet tall and weighing about 2 tons, which is the case of a bald eagle nest.
  8. They are very protective of their offspring that one of the parents watches over the young while the other goes hunting. Eagles grow very quickly and can weigh up to 9 pounds in six weeks.
  9. Eagles have a religious background, as in the Hindu mythology there is a divinity called Garuda who has the body of a man with an eagles head and wings. It is also form adopted by the Greek god Zeus.
  10. About 25 countries have the eagle symbol in their coat of arms, and they are several countries which have linked their identities to the Eagles. You can find the eagle on US Great Seal, and it is also the national bird of Germany, Mexico, Austria, and Kazakhstan.
  11. If the bald eagle loses a feather on one side, it will also lose a feather on the other side to keep its balance.
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