Bald ea­gle

The most iconic rap­tor

World of Animals - - Remarkable Raptors -

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’.

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