As the national symbol for the United States of America for over 200 years, bald eagles signify independence and strength. Thanks to the eagle's gigantic size and unique look, kids, and adults are enamored with these birds of prey. Find out more about the bald eagle with a few fun facts.
Size and Physical Features
Bald eagles are one of the largest birds of prey and can often be distinguished just by the way they look. National Geographic Kids offers some fun graphics to show size comparisons, so people can understand how ginormous these birds are.
Females are bigger than males.
While they are large birds, they still only weigh between six and fourteen pounds.
Their body size is at least as big as a goose, with a wingspan bigger than the Great Blue Heron.
They can use their wings like oars to row through deep water.
The sound a bald eagle makes is quieter than expected and is made up of short, high-pitched whistles.
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Get Up Close and Personal
If you can't get enough of these amazing creatures, look for rescued bald eagles living in enclosures at local zoos and sanctuaries. Until you can get out into the wild to eagle watch, check out these fun resources for more information and images.
Watch bald eagles in their wild nests via live cams like these from Iowa or Pennsylvania.
Symbolically adopt a bald eagle to help keep the population safe from becoming endangered again.
Make an origami eagle or learn to draw a bald eagle to keep as a decoration and memento of your new knowledge.
Learn more about these amazing birds of prey in this video from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services below.
Learning about unique animals like the bald eagle helps you appreciate them and keep them protected from the dangers of man and the environment. Use these facts and resources to spark your curiosity until your imagination and thirst for knowledge are soaring high.