The Bald Eagle
The bald eagle is the National Bird and National Animal of the United States. It is one of the largest birds of prey in North America. A bald eagle is an average of 28-40 inches in length, 6.6-13.8 pounds, and has a wingspan up to 7.5 feet! Bald eagles can soar up to 10,000 feet in the air and drop at rates of 100 miles per hour. They also have the tallest nesting sites.
The bald eagle got it’s name from it’s distinct look. The bald eagle isn’t really bald! Instead, it’s head is white and looks very different compared to the dark brown feathers on the rest of it’s body. Baby eagles, called eaglets, are born light grey before they turn brown. Bald eagles also have long claws called talons, used to catch fish right out of the water! They can see the fish swimming below them from about a mile away...
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