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||chocolate-colored, comeback, fierce-looking, banned, bald, destruction, gradual, incubation, hawaii, extinction, eyesight, literally, pesticide, uncontrolled, skillful, reproduce
||United States, North America, Pacific Ocean, World War II, Outlawing DDT
Spanish: Las Aguilas Calvas
1 The bald eagle was chosen as the national bird of the United States of America in 1782. It is the only eagle species unique to North America. We can find this fierce-looking, skillful hunter in all but one state in the U.S. Can you guess which U.S. state doesn't have bald eagles? Here is a hint: this state is the last state to join the Union. That's right! Hawaii is located far out in the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state of the Union where bald eagles are not found.
2 Bald eagles are large birds. Their bodies are about 3 feet in length. Their wingspan is 8 feet. These birds weigh from 7 to 14 pounds. Their bodies and wings are covered with dark brown feathers. They have yellow beaks, yellow feet, and chocolate-colored talons. Their heads, necks, and tails are covered with white feathers. If bald eagles have feathers covering their heads, they are certainly not bald. So, why do we call them "bald" eagles? Well, a long time ago, the word "bald" meant "white." So, literally speaking, "bald" eagles are really "eagles with white heads."
3 Eagles are known for their hooked beaks, muscular legs, and sharp talons (claws). Of course, bald eagles are no exception. And, like all eagles, bald eagles have excellent eyesight. They can spot prey over a mile away. Fish are their favorite food. But bald eagles eat any animal - living or dead - that they can catch.
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