The most iconic raptor
Bald eagles are recognised around the world as symbols of patriotism and power
No animal is as closely linked with the pride and identity of a nation as the bald eagle. An enduring icon for the United States of America, this recognisable raptor continues to be held in regard as a symbol of patriotism and features on official emblems of the US Government.
While the US takes credit for this bird’s world-renowned status, wild bald eagles can also be found in Canada and Mexico. The raptor is considered sacred by some Native Americans, who have been using their feathers to commemorate achievement and honour for many centuries, a right only afforded to those who are part of a recognised tribe according to US law.
Unlike vultures, bald eagles don’t actually have bald heads – their name derives from an older definition of the word meaning ‘white headed’.