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Eagle
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Eagle

For other meanings, see Eagle (disambiguation).

Eagle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes*
Family: Accipitridae
Genera: Aquila
Haliaeetus
Pithecophaga
Circaetus

(*) Scientists argue whether Accipitriformes are a separate order, or belong to the Falconiformes.
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 both power and beauty. 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 the emblem of "Shqipėria" 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.

Species