All About Eagles

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All about Eagles

Think of an eagle...what comes to mind? A large powerful bird of prey, swooping down and snatching up its next victim? Or maybe you imagine a beautiful and noble bird with very likable qualities. Actually, eagles are all of that and more. In the United States, the Bald Eagle is a symbol of justice, strength, and fairness. The Bald Eagle is after all, our national symbol. However, to the rest of the world the eagle may bring to mind many different images. That is because there are many different types of eagles. In fact there are about 59 different species of eagles throughout the world, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
Eagles are members of the bird family Accipitridae, and belong to several
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cirrhatus * Mountain Hawk-Eagle, S. nipalensis * Blyth's Hawk-Eagle, S. alboniger * Javan Hawk-Eagle, S. bartelsi * Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle, S. lanceolatus * Philippine Hawk-Eagle, S. philippensis * Wallace's Hawk-Eagle, S. nanus * Black Hawk-Eagle, S. tyrannus * Ornate Hawk-Eagle, S. ornatus * Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, S. melanoleucus * Genus Lophaetus * Long-crested Eagle, Lophaetus occipitalis - possibly belongs in Ictinaetus * Genus Stephanoaetus * Crowned Eagle, Stephanoaetus coronatus * Genus Polemaetus * Martial Eagle, Polemaetus bellicosus * Genus Hieraaetus * Ayres' Hawk-eagle, Hieraaetus ayresii * African Hawk-Eagle, H. spilogaster * New Guinea Hawk-Eagle, H. weiskei * Genus Harpagornis (extinct) * Haast's Eagle, †Harpagornis moorei - possibly belongs in either Hieraaetus or Aquila

A Steppe Eagle in Lahore Zoo Pakistan. * * Genus Aquila * Bonelli's Eagle, Aquila fasciata - formerly Hieraaetus fasciatus * Booted Eagle, A. pennata - formerly Hieraaetus pennatus * Little Eagle, A. morphnoides * Golden Eagle, A. chrysaetos * Eastern Imperial Eagle, A. heliaca * Rufous-bellied Eagle, A. kienerii * Spanish Imperial Eagle A. adalberti * Steppe Eagle, A. nipalensis * Tawny Eagle, A. rapax *

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