Amazing Bald Eagle Facts

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1. Bald Eagles do not sweat, so they need to use other cooling methods such as perching in the shade, panting, and holding their wings away from their body.
2. Bald Eagles can fly up to 30 mph and can dive at speeds up to 100 mph.
3. Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs.
4. Bald Eagles have a life span of 20 to 30 years in the wild.
5. Eagles mate while airborne.
6. Since 1782, the bald eagle has been the national symbol of the United States of America.
7. The bald eagle's scientific name (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) means 'white-headed sea-eagle'.
8. Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies.
9. About half of the world's 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska.

10. An eagle can attack, kill, and carry away an animal as large as a small deer.
11. The Bald Eagle is unique to North America.
12. Female Bald Eagles are 30% larger than the males.
13. The bald eagles eyesight is 10 times better than a humans.
14. Bald Eagles build the largest nest of any bird.
15. Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers.
16. The bald eagle is not really bald, it has white feathers on its head. The word 'bald' is from an old English word meaning white.
17. The bald eagle is a strong swimmer.

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