Closeup view of an Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle showing the hooked beak. Larger image
(*) Scientists argue whether Accipitriformes are a separate order, or belong to the Falconiformes.
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.
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.
Genus Aquila. Typical eagles.
Genus Haliaeetus, Sea eagles:
Genus Pithecophaga, Monkey-eating eagles:
Genus Circaetus, Snake eagles:
The Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle are the only eagles native to North America.