The eagle is a famous bird of prey. There are different kind of species from medium sized to big sized birds. One of the best known eagles is the American sea eagle, who’s habitat is in North-America. But most other eagle species mainly live in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Eagles have a firm and hard beak, wide wings and very sharp claws to pick up their prey. The male and the female eagle look-a-like, but the female is bigger than the male. A striking mark of the eagle is their head, because the feathers on their head usually have a different color pattern.
Eagles are carnivores and thus only eat meat. In order to perceive their prey, from sometimes a great height, the eagles have very sharp sight. Eagles are able to spot and follow their prey from a distance of two kilometers. Once they have spotted a prey, the eagles dive onto the prey with great speed and fetch the prey with their sharp claws. Because of their size the eagle has no natural enemies.
Eagles live solitary until they have found a mate. Once eagles have found a mate, they remain together for the rest of their lives. After they have mated the female eagle lays 1 to 3 eggs. The eggs hatch after about five weeks. Both parents feed their offspring until the young birds leave the nest. The young eagles leave the nest after approximately 12 weeks. After 4 to 5 years the birds are full grown and able to have their own offspring. Usually the young birds make a nest in the same neighborhood as where they have grown up themselves.
The eagle is a famous bird that is used for a lot of symbols by countries and companies. This is because the eagle shows power and independence.