There are nearly sixty types of eagles in the world; eagles are large birds of prey that have powerful wings and a surprisingly strong beak. They also have such an acute sense of vision that they can spot their prey from almost three miles away. Eagles can survive in different environments, and that’s why there are various types of eagles scattered around the globe. The most common types of eagles, however, are: the bald eagle, the golden eagle, the black eagle, the African fish eagle, the white-bellied sea eagle, and the short-toed snake eagle.
The two most famous types of eagles are the bald and the African eagle. If you have ever seen an eagle in a Hollywood movie, then it was probably a bald eagle. The bald eagle is after all the symbol of freedom for the United States. Its body and wings are covered with dark brown fur, while its white head stands out in pride (hence the name ‘bald’). Its body length is no less than two feet and no more than three, while its wingspan is about seven feet on average. As for the golden eagle, this is an equally impressive bird (even more impressive I dare say with the fear of sounding less of a patriot), that if you see it standing still, it looks like a golden/brownish bird-statue. Its length is about two and a half feet, while its wingspan is also about seven feet. Its amazing speed and agility, along with its powerful talons, make the golden eagle one of the most feared birds of prey in North America.
As already mentioned, if we move on to different parts of the world, we will come across different types of eagles. The black eagle, for instance, is a typical bird of prey in Asia, especially in tropical areas. Black eagles are covered in dark feathers and the only thing that stands out on them is their yellow talons. They are famous for taking slow flights, which gives them enough time to spot their enemies and launch an attack. They usually attack mammals, but they never say no to making a meal out of another bird, especially if they can catch the birds in their nest.
Another Asia resident is the white-bellied sea eagle, a bird that can also be found, however, in India and Australia. As the name suggests, the white-bellied sea eagle is covered with white fur from top to bottom, the only exception being the outer parts of its wings, which are usually grey. The sea eagle is notorious for its uncanny ability to dive briefly under the surface of the sea in order to catch its prey.
The short-toed snake eagle, on the other hand, prefers mild and warm climates. That is why it is usually found in Mediterranean countries, although it can survive even in semi-desert areas.
Last but not least, the continent of Africa has its own and unique representative, which is none other than the African fish eagle. In fact, the African fish eagle, known for its deep-looking, brown eyes, is Zimbabwe’s and Zambia’s national bird.