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Eagles

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Eagles are large birds of prey, which are found mainly in the Old World, with only two species (Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle) in North America and a few in South America. They are members of the bird order Falconiformes, family Accipitridae and belong to several different genera.

The eagle has been used by many nations as a national symbol, depicting power, beauty and independence. The Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt used it as their seal, while the Romans used it on the standards of their armies. The United States adopted the North American Bald Eagle as its national emblem.

It is also part of the Coat of Arms of Romania and the emblem of "Shqipëria" or Land of the Eagles which is known as Albania.

Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs and powerful talons. They also have extremely keen eyesight to enable them to spot potential prey from a distance Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle,Harpyhaliaetus

Crowned Solitary Eagle, Harpyhaliaetus coronatus
Montane Solitary Eagle,  Crested Eagle,
Harpy Eagle, Philippine Eagle,
Papuan Eagle, Black-and-chestnut Eagle
Cassin's Hawk-Eagle, Crested Hawk-Eagle, 
Mountain Hawk-Eagle, 
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle, Javan Hawk-Eagle, 
Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle,  Philippine Hawk-Eagle,  Wallace's Hawk-Eagle,  Black Hawk-Eagle,  Ornate Hawk-Eagle, 

the chicks are called eaglets. Newly hatched, eaglets are soft, grayish-white down covers their small bodies, their wobbly legs are too weak to hold their weight, and their eyes are partially closed eyes, limiting vision. Their only protection is their parents.

Eagles do not have vocal cords but make their sounds using a bony chamber called a syrinx located where the windpipe divides to go to the lungs.

Fish, small mammals like rabbits, hare, meerkats, birds like pigeon, dove, ducks etc
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