The eagle – often seen as a symbol
The eagle or eagle has been used as a national symbol by many countries because they radiate power, beauty and freedom. They were on the endangered species list a while ago, but we are slowly starting to see more eagles.
- Latin name: Haliaeetus
- Kind: Bird of prey
- Type (carnivores, herbivores, etc): Carnivore
- What are they for: Most species are found in Europe (the sea eagle), Asia and Africa. In the US, the bald eagle is known.
- How old can they get: Bald eagles can live up to 22 years old.
Eagles, also known as eagles, are most commonly found along coastal areas, lakes and rivers with tall trees along them. Here they can find the easiest food and eat it in peace in the tall trees. The menu includes:
- Small bird species
- Sheep, goats (only in a few cases)
When they catch a bird, they will first remove the bird’s feathers before eating it. When the eagle hunts for fish, it does not like to go into the water for this, but catches fish that swim close to the surface or also dead fish. The eagle takes its prey in a dive with its sharp, sturdy legs and flies to a high tree to eat its prey.
Characteristics of the body
In the eagle, the female is larger than the male. However, they look the same in color and shape. They have brown plumage with a white head when mature. They also have a hooked beak and sharp claws. Eagles are mainly active during the day and have good eyesight.
In bald eagles, the male and female, once they have found each other, stay together for a lifetime. From the age of about 5 years, the female can lay eggs. In principle, the breeding season starts in April, but breeding can also take place several times a year. The female lays between 1 and 3 eggs at a time. If it is 3 eggs, it sometimes happens that the 3rd egg is placed in a different nest. After 35 days, the eggs hatch and the young remain in the nest for another 12 weeks and are then raised by both the male and the female. The nest they make is very big, so big that you can fit a few people in it. This nest is also used during multiple breeding moments and is also called one horst mentioned.
In many countries and parts of the world, the eagle (eagle) is seen as a symbol of divine power and is depicted on, for example, coats of arms and flags. Here are some more examples:
- In North America, the image of the eagle is used as a national emblem.
- The eagle was the heraldic animal of the then German Empire.
- The double-headed eagle is still often depicted in Austria and Russia.
- One of the names of the Albanian people is named after the eagle.