The bald eagle is the national bird and a symbol of the United States. Since it is the only eagle in the world that is found exclusively in North America I think that it is a fitting choice. The only other species of eagle in North America, the golden eagle, is circumpolar and found in the northern regions of Europe and Asia. The bald eagle is a member of the group of eagles classified as fish or sea eagles. These eagles have scaled legs with out feathers that are designed to dip into the water to catch fish. The bald eagle is opportunistic however and will eat whatever is easiest to catch, including carrion.
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