The bald eagle is the United States’ national bird, so here are some facts you might not know about them!
Bald Eagles: Facts About American Mascot
“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
“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
“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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