Eagle Facts & Trivia

Eagle Facts

  • There are over 60 different species of eagles.
  • Eagles have powerful talons that help them catch their prey.
  • Eagles have large, hooked beaks.
  • Eagles will eat reptiles, mammals, fish and birds.
  • Eagle will typically lay two eggs at once, which will hatch in about 30 days.
  • Eagles are found in all parts of the world.
  • Adult male eagles generally weigh about 9 pounds.
  • Adult eagles have a wing span of up to 7 feet.
  • Eagles are a member of the Accipitridae family.
  • Bald eagles live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers where they feed mainly on fish.
  • The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States.
  • The Great Seal of the United States features a bald eagle.
  • Bald eagles aren’t actually bald.
  • Eagles are featured on the coat of arms of many countries such as Germany, Egypt, Mexico, Austria, and Poland.
  • Eagles may live into their thirties.
  • An eagle’s talons will capture their prey and they will use their bill to clip the spinal cord of their prey.
  • An eagle can carry a load of about 30% more than their own body weight.
  • An eagle will have several thousand feathers, but that amounts to only 5% of their body.
  • Bald eagles have lived up to 48 years in zoos.
  • Bald eagles breed in much of Alaska.
  • About half of the world’s 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska.
  • Rather than do their own fishing, Bald Eagles often go after other creatures’ catches.
  • No North American bird grows faster than an eagle chick.
  • Eagles tend to use the same nests year after year.
  • The largest bald eagle nest on record was 9.5 ft (3 m) wide and 20 ft (6 m) high. It weighed more than two tons.
  • Eagles are monogamous. They mate for life and use the same nest each year.
  • Golden eagles have been known to hunt foxes, wild cats and even young deer and goats.
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Accipitridae


  • The Eagle, (2011)
  • G.I. Joe: An American Hero, (2005)
  • Harry Potter, (2001)
  • The Lord of the Rings, (1999)
  • The Rescuers Down Under, (1990)
  • Iron Eagle, (1986)
  • Where Eagles Dare, (1969)
  • The Wings of Eagles, (1957)

Eagle Songs

  • Comfort Eagle, by Cake
  • Day of the Eagle, by Robin Trower
  • Eagle, by ABBA
  • Eagle Fly Free, by Shaman
  • Eagle When She Flies, by Dolly Parton
  • Fly Eagle Fly, by White Heart
  • Fly Like an Eagle, The Steve Miller Bandby
  • Half Angel Half Eagle, by Jane Siberry
  • On The Wings of an Eagle, by Raven
  • Rocky Mountain High, by John Denver
  • Silver Eagle Express , by Kink Friedman
  • The Eagle, by Waylon Jennings
  • The Eagle and the Bear, by Kris Kristofferson
  • The Eagle and the Hawk, by John Denver
  • The Eagle Will Rise Again, by Alan Parsons Project
  • When The Eagle Flies, by Traffic
  • Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly, by Aaron Tippin
  • Wings of an Eagle, by Ziggy Marley

Famous Eagles

  • Avenger, from Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
  • Bald Eagle, the symbol of the United States
  • Chip, in “The Little Engine That Could”
  • Farsight, from The Last Battle (C.S. Lewis)
  • Freedom, from G.I. Joe: An American Hero
  • Gondo, from Zambezia
  • Marahute, from The Rescuers Down Under
  • Ravenclaw, the symbol of the house in the “Harry Potter” series
  • Sam the Eagle, from The Muppet Show
  • Silver Wing, from Shaman King
  • Sitka, from Brother Bead
  • Simorgh, from Comics
  • Takaoka, from Damekko Dobutsu
  • Thorondor, Gwaihir, Landroval , from The Lord of the Rings

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