When you think of eagles, you probably think of the bald eagle, a symbol of pride in America. Over 60 species of eagles live on the earth and only two of them live in the United States. Most eagles live in Eurasia and Africa. Nine species live in Central and South America and three species are found in Australia.
The bald eagle, loved for its majestic appearance and flight, was common in America three hundred years ago. By the 20th century, it had been hunted almost to extinction. The bald eagle has been protected since 1967 and is slowly making a comeback – good news for a beloved American bird.
Fun Facts about Eagles for Kids
- Eagles build huge nests out of sticks. They build their nests at the tops of tall trees or even on cliffs.
- Bald eagles can be found in all 50 states, except Hawaii.
- The bald eagle has a wingspan of over 6 feet.
- Bald eagles are carnivores. They eat fish and dead animals. They like to grab food away from other birds and animals.
- Even birds need to play sometimes. Bald eagles sometimes toss or pass sticks to each other in the air.
- Golden eagles are expert hunters and can fly and dive quickly for prey.
- Symbol: something that means something else, such as an idea or picture
- Majestic: royal, strong, beautiful
- Appearance: physical image
- Wingspan: distance from one wing tip to the other
- Carnivore: meat eating animal
Learn More All About Eagles
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A video documentary of monkey-eating eagles.
Question: When was the bald eagle chosen as America’s national symbol?
Answer: A congressional committee named the bald eagle as our national symbol in 1782. During a Revolutionary War battle, several bald eagles flew above the fighting troops, circling and calling. Soldiers felt that the eagles were calling for freedom.
Question: Did all of congress agree with the decision to name the bald eagle the national symbol?
Answer: Benjamin Franklin objected. He felt that the bald eagle is a dishonest bird because it steals food from other animals.