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The Bald Eagle: An Iconic Species on the Verge of Extinction

The bald eagle is one of the most recognized and powerful birds on Earth.

Bald eagles hunt in lakes and rivers. The measurement of a male body is around 90 centimeters whereas a female body averages 108 centimeters. The weight of a bald eagle is 14 pounds while a harpy eagle is 11 pounds.

Bald eagles are interesting in terms of their companionship; when they pair together, the connection lasts a lifetime. When they have eaglets, the male goes to look for food while the female stays to take care of the babies.

The nest of a bald eagle can measure half as much as an average car. In addition, the bald eagle can have a majestic wingspan, but its habits are not always so majestic. It often feeds on carrion—including dead fish stranded on the shores—and steals food from other eagles, fishermen, and smaller birds.

The bald eagle is on the verge of extinction. In the United States, there are only 70,000 specimens left. That bird is a precious species, and it is important that humans preserve these special birds.

[Sources: Britannica.com; Photo Credit: Andy Morffew]

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