If you live in the United States, when you picture an eagle, you probably picture a big brown bird with a white head and a sharp yellow beak. But while bald eagles are our national animal, they’re only one of sixty different species of eagle around the world. Most of those species live in Europe and Asia, though. The only eagles in North America are bald eagles and golden eagles.
The eagles around the world come in all shapes and sizes. The smallest kind, the South Nicobar serpent eagle, weighs less than a tenth of a pound. It still has a wingspan of three feet, though—most birds have hollow bones and are very lightweight for their size to help them fly. Meanwhile, one of the world’s largest eagles, the white-tailed eagle, has a wingspan that stretches over seven feet. It still only weighs about 11 pounds, though!
Photo by Christoph Muller