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9 Facts You Didn’t Know About Bald Eagles

The bald eagle is the United States’ national bird, so here are some facts you might not know about them!

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Bald Eagles: Facts About American Mascot
http://www.livescience.com/27317-bald-eagles.htm
“Bald eagles are large birds of prey native to North America. Since 1782, the bald eagle has been the United States’ national emblem and mascot.”

Eagle vs. Turkey: America’s First Bird Controversy
http://www.nwf.org/news-and-magazines/national-wildlife/birds/archives/2007/americas-first-bird-controversy.aspx
“Nations often adopt animals as symbols: England has its lion, India its peacock. On the afternoon of July 4, 1776, just after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress appointed a committee made up of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin to select a design for an official national seal.”

Bald Eagle Fact Sheet: Natural History, Ecology, and History of Recovery
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/recovery/biologue.html
“Distinguished by a white head and white tail feathers, bald eagles are powerful, brown birds that may weigh 14 pounds and have a wingspan of 8 feet. Male eagles are smaller, weighing as much as 10 pounds and have a wingspan of 6 feet.”
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