1) There are 60 species of eagles worldwide .
2) Only the condors and the vultures are larger birds of prey than the eagles .
3) There are 4 major groups of eagles . The Fish Eagles that eat mostly fresh fish or fish carrion – the Booted Eagles that have feathered lower legs – Snake Eagles that hunt snakes and reptiles – and Harpy Eagles , the giant forest eagles that hunt the tropical forests .
4) The Steller’s sea eagle is the heaviest eagle in the world . Females can weigh as much as 20+ pounds and males can weigh up to 15 pounds .
5) The Philippine Eagle is the longest eagle in the world at 3 feet 3 inches ( 100 cm ) .
6) The White-tailed Eagle has the longest wingspan of all the eagles . It can measure up to 94 cm and have a wingspan of 2.45 m . Its conservation status is LC ( least concern ) . The largest population is found along the coast of Norway . there are an estimated 9,000 to 11,000 pairs . The White-tailed Eagle forms a species pair with the Bald eagle .
7) The eagle is known as the King of Birds and is a very common symbol in heraldry .
8) There are only two eagles in North America , the Bald eagle and the Golden eagle . There are nine eagles in Central and South America . There are only three eagle species in Australia . All other eagle species are found in Africa , Europe and Asia .
9) Eagles are large and powerful birds of prey . They have strong beaks for tearing flesh and large legs with strong talons for grabbing and holding prey . Their eyesight is recorded at 3.6 times more powerful than human eyesight . The female eagle is always larger than the male eagle .
10) Eagles build their nests on high cliffs or in tall trees . These nests are called eyries . Most species lay two eggs , with the larger chick usually killing the smaller one .
Hope that you could soar like an eagle . This is a majestic bird and certainly one of the many wondrous creations of nature . Please feel free to comment on this article and if possible your experiences with this beautiful bird .