Eagles: The soaring predator birds
Eagles are large birds of prey. They are predators meaning they kill to eat! In fact, they are the second largest birds of prey apart from the vultures which come first.
On their heavy and big heads, are very large and powerful hooked beaks. These are for tearing flesh off their prey. Their legs are strong with hooked nails that help them carry the prey without falling.
Their legs are also covered with scales. Eagles like to fly higher and at a fast speed. They do this by soaring high with their long powerful wings. These help them to fly for long distances while carrying prey half their body weight.
They have extremely good eye vision that enables them to spot small creatures for prey. Imagine they can see rats, chicks and birds from a distance. Their keen eye sight is primarily attributed to the large pupils in their eyes.
Eagles live in nests. Their nests are called eynes. They like building their nests in tall trees. Like all other birds eagles lay eggs. They normally lay two eggs.
One interesting thing about these birds is that they learn their predatory skills when they are still babies. When the eggs hatch, the older and larger baby eagle that hatched first kills the other one that delayed to hatch!
This is why they are called the kings of the air.