Amazing Fun Facts About Eagles

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Eagles are powerful birds that own the skies.

Not only are they majestic creatures but they’re also expert hunters, have excellent vision and their wingspan is seriously impressive. 

So in today’s article, we’ll talk about some of the most interesting facts about eagles…

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Fun Facts About Eagles

Below are some fun facts about Eagles that you must know!

Keep reading if you want to learn more…


1. There are Over 60 Species of Eagles

Most eagle species can be found in Asia and Africa, while the Bald Eagle is native to America. 

Bald Eagle

All eagles belong to the Accipitridae family, which are one of the 4 families that all bird species fall into. 

Accipitridae are small to large birds with strong hooked bills and a similar morphology to each other. 

There are different types of eagles, such as fish-eagles which are often found in coastal areas and the buzzard-eagles, which are small in stature and therefore often mistaken for hawks. 


2. Their Grip is up to 10 Times Stronger than Humans

You definitely wouldn’t want to get in a fight with an eagle, as your chances don’t look so good. 

While humans have to think to grip, eagles have to think to not grip. 

They also have a grip 10 times as powerful as ours, so if they decide that they’re gripping onto you then you’ll have a hard time budging them. 

They can usually lift prey that weighs up to a couple of lbs but the largest types of eagles can lift prey up to around 5lbs. 


3. They Build Their Nests on Top of High Cliffs

Some eagles, such as the Golden Eagle, build their nests on the top of cliffs.

They do this so they’re away from other predators and also, so they’re close to a food source. 

The Bald Eagle’s nest is up to a whopping 13 feet deep, 8.2 wide and it weighs 1.1 tonnes…now, that’s a lot of sticks. 


4. They’re a Symbol of Freedom and Peace 

This is one of the most interesting facts about Eagles we’ve found:

These powerful creatures are regarded in The Bible as a sign of mercy and divine power

It’s believed that to have faith in God is to soar high like an eagle.

Eagles are often found on state flags because they represent courage and freedom and have immense strength and skill. 


5. An Eagles Eyesight is up to 8 Times Stronger Than a Humans

Eagles have 20/4 and 20/5 vision while humans have up 20 20/20 vision. 

Even though eagles weigh around 10lbs, eagle’s eyes are the same size as humans.

Their vision is so precise that they can spot a rabbit up to 3.2km away.

Now, that’s some pretty impressive sight.


6. Bald Eagles Aren’t Actually Bald

Some of these facts about Eagles might surprise you – including this:

The bald eagle has white feathers on its head.

The only reason it’s called bald is that the word comes from the English word “piebald” which means “white-headed.”

Maybe we should start calling them the white-headed eagle instead?

Or maybe not, as I don’t think that name has the same ring to it.  


7. They Have a Hooked Beak Which is Great for Hunting

Their heavy beak is super strong, meaning that they can easily tear through flesh and rip their prey apart…shudder!

The hooked shape of their beak means they can easily grip their prey. 


8. They’re Cunning, Bold and Intelligent Creatures

These fierce hunters use clever tactics to snare their prey.

They’re known to dive in front of the sun during their attack so their prey is blinded.

They don’t let their need for food overrule their tactical thinking and cunning abilities. 


9. A Baby Eagle is Called an Eaglet

Not only are eaglets the cutest things ever but they’re also stubborn birds.

Even though it takes them a while to get the hang of flying they don’t give up.

Eaglets find landings the hardest thing to perfect. 

For the first 6 weeks of being able to fly the eaglet will still stay close to the nest, this is known as the fledging phase. 


10. Eagles Typically Eat Fish, Crabs, Reptiles and Amphibians

If a prey is in an eagle’s sight then they don’t stand much chance. Luckily for the prey, eagles don’t need to eat all that often. In fact, they can survive up to 7 weeks without food.

They usually eat their prey while it’s still alive, although they sometimes kill it and then devor it over a period of days…yum!

See Also: The Ultimate Guide To What do Birds Eat


11. Female Eagles Lay 1-3 White Eggs Each Spring

The incubation period lasts for around 35 days and is carried out by the female. 

During this time the male eagle will bring food for his mate.  


12. A Group of Eagles is Called a Convocation

A group of eagles is known as a convocation…now, there’s a mouthful. 


13. You Can’t Pick a Bald Eagle Feather up Without a Permit

In the USA it’s actually illegal to pick a Bald Eagle feather up without a permit.

This is down to an old law that hasn’t been changed, even though the Bald Eagle isn’t classified as endangered anymore. 

So, if you’re out on a leisurely walk and you stumble across a Bald Eagle feather, it’s best to leave it well alone, unless you want to risk facing a hefty fine. 


14. Bald Eagles Lose Feathers on Equal Sides to Remain Balanced

Bald Eagles rely on their feathers for balance.

So, when they lose a feather on one side they will lose a matching feather on the other side to balance themselves out.  


15. The Harry Potter House Ravenclaw is Represented by an Eagle

Many people believe that given the name that Ravenclaws have a raven as their house emblem.

This is in fact not true and the eagle is actually their house emblem. 

Ravenclaw house was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw and it represents wit, wisdom and learning.


16. They Mate for Life

Eagles are loyal birds and when they mate it’s for life, the only time they tend to find a new partner is if their former one dies.  

 Male and female eagles both take their parenting roles seriously and both play a crucial part in raising their young. 


17. The Largest Eagles Have a Wingspan of 8 Foot Long

The Harpy Eagle and the Philippine Eagle are two of the largest eagles and have seriously impressive wingspans

Think about the tallest person you know then imagine adding around 2 feet to their height….now, that’s a lot of wing!


18. Eagle Nests are Made Out of Sticks, Moss, Plant Stalks, Seaweed and Lichens

Eagles take pride in their nest, after-all, they revisit it every year to have their young. 

If they like the look of a branch they will tear it off the tree and use it in their nest. They also use thorns…prickly!

They will line their nest with moss, seaweed and lichen, which is a composite that arises from algae.  


19. The Golden Eagle is the Most Commonly Found Species of Eagle

It’s mostly found in the Northern Hemisphere and has dark brown feathers with gold-brown plumage on its head. 

The Golden Eagle is super-fast and can reach speeds of 200mph…whoosh!


20. Eagles can Turn Their Head 210 Degrees

Don’t panic, this isn’t The Exorcist

But this is one of the most fascinating facts about Eagles…

Eagles have 14 vertebrae in their necks, compared to humans 7.

This means they’re capable of seeing from a variety of angles and seeking out their prey with ease.  

See Also: The Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Birds


FAQs to the Most Frequently Asked Eagle Questions

That pretty much wraps it up for our facts about Eagles!

But do you still have loads of questions about them?

Worry not, as below are the answers to some of the most requested questions.

See Also: Facts About Owls: 15 Fun & Mysterious Facts About Owls


Question 1: Do Eagles Cry?

The answer is no, they don’t cry. In fact, they make a high pitched sound which sounds similar to a weak scream. 

Often, the loud, piercing sounds of the far smaller Red-Tailed Hawk is used in movies over the image of an eagle. 

Question 2: Have They Ever Been Endangered?

Yes, in 1963 the eagle population reached its lowest point. This was because they were often hunted for their feathers. 

A law was passed making shooting an eagle illegal in 1940 and in 1978 they were put on the endangered species list. 

Today, eagle numbers are on the rise and they are no longer classified as endangered.  In fact, there are over 9,800 nesting pairs in the USA. 

Question 3: Do Eagles Ever Attack Humans?

It’s very rare for an eagle to attack a human

If they did attack a human then they wouldn’t be able to lift one up, as they generally can’t lift prey weighing more than a couple of pounds. 

As long as you don’t go climbing up hilltops and disturbing their nest then it’s likely that an eagle won’t bother you at all. 


Question 4: Where do Eagles Sleep?

Eagles don’t usually sleep in their nests, instead, they sleep perched on a branch. 

They only go to their nest when they’re raising young. However, they do revisit their nest every year to brood. 

They have a special mechanism in their foot so they stayed gripped onto the branch as they sleep and don’t fall off. 


Question 5: How Long Does the Bald Eagle Live for?

In the wild, the Bald Eagle usually lives between 20 and 30 years, while in captivity it can live up to 50 years.

Their age can be told by their plumage up until they are 5 years old, after then it’s impossible to tell what their age is. 


Question 6: Why is the Bald Eagle the Symbol of America?

The Bald Eagle is a majestic bird that is a sign of great strength and power

Also, this bird is thought only to reside in this continent, therefore making it fitting to be the emblem for the USA. 


Question 7: How do You Tell an Eagle from a Vulture?

When you see a bird of prey up in the sky, it isn’t always easy to determine what type of bird they are.

One way to tell these birds apart is by looking at their wings. 

Bald Eagles keep their wings almost flat when they soar while the Turkey Vulture flies with its wings up in a “V” shape. 


Question 8: Can They Swim?

They can’t swim as such but they can paddle. 

This comes in handy when catching an especially large fish, as they can paddle it to shore and then eat it. 


Question 9: Do Eagles Migrate?

Some eagles do migrate before the colder weather arrives, but not all. 

Many eagles fly south to escape the cold climate. Although, some remain in the cold.

The eagle’s decision to migrate or not is often down to their age and how much food is available.


Question 10: Are Male and Female Eagles the Same Size?

No, actually the female eagle is typically 30% bigger than the male. This seems commonplace in the bird world.

Some believe that it’s so the female can protect her young from foes more efficiently, while the male is said to be lighter so they can be quicker hunters.  

It isn’t know for sure why female birds are predominantly bigger than the males, but it does make telling them apart pretty easy. 


An Eagle Summary

Eagles are the rulers of the skies who are cunning, smart and expert hunters. They’re also loyal mates and great parents to their eaglets. 

One final fact before I go. The Latin word for eagle is aquila, which is thought to derive from the Latin word aquilus which means “dark in color.”

I hope that you now know everything you need to know about eagles. Soar high, remain powerful and stay strong just like an eagle. After-all, it works for them. 

Maybe we could all do with being a bit more eagle; although, preferably without the catching live prey and eating it part.