America's National Symbol, the Bald Eagle: Facts and Habitat.
The bald eagle is the national symbol of America and one of the most recognizable animals in the world. Its bold white head and tail feathers, distinctive yellow beak, and fierce nature make it a powerful symbol. The bald eagle is also known as "the bird of America" and has been a prominent figure throughout our history. It's important to know about this animal and its habitat. Here are some facts you may not know about America's national symbol, the bald eagle.
The Bald Eagle's Habitat and Size
The bald eagle's habitat is typically near rivers, lakes, coasts, and other bodies of water. The bald eagle is most commonly found in coastal regions of the United States. They are also found in the Great Lakes region.
The bald eagle can live up to 25 years in captivity but only 12-15 in its natural habitat in North America.
Bald eagles typically weigh 10-14 pounds with a wingspan of up to 8 feet wide when fully extended.
The average height of a mature adult is 30 inches tall from ground level to its back when standing straight up, but can be taller depending on habitats.
The Bald Eagle's Diet
The bald eagle's diet consists of fish, other birds, small mammals, and carrion. Bald eagles are opportunistic feeders which means they will take advantage of any food source that is available. When fish are abundant, bald eagles will eat mostly fish. Other common foods include waterfowl, bats, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, frogs, large insects, and other birds. They have even been known to eat carrion when nothing else is available.
The Bald Eagle's Predators
The bald eagle's predators are typically found in its natural habitat. Eagles are at the top of the food chain, so they have no natural predators. They are perched to eat their prey. The bald eagle is an apex predator with no major threats to its survival.
The Bald Eagle and America
The bald eagle was adopted as the national emblem for England by King Charles II in 1677. In 1782, Congress made it America’s national emblem with the likeness that we know today.
The bald eagle is our national symbol, and it also has great symbolism in America. The bald eagle was chosen to represent the United States by the Continental Congress in 1782. At that time, Benjamin Franklin said it was "a bird of bad moral character" but George Washington disagreed and noted that the bird's size and power were more important qualities.
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