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Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Makes me proud to be an American

Even though they are African fish eagles. I think we own the symbolism of all eagles everywhere, don’t we?

(via NatGeo)

Comments

  1. genshed says

    A symbol of two thousand years of European mischief?
    “1776″, Benjamin Franklin, from memory. He, himself, advocated the Turkey as national bird, for various eminently sensible reasons.

  2. Wowbagger, Titillated Victorian Gentleman says

    PZ, it’s been a rough night and I hate the fucking eagles, man…

  3. bartylobethal says

    “I think we own the symbolism of all eagles everywhere, don’t we?”

    Oi! Keep your rotten Yankee graspers off our ‘wedgies’ (that’s wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) for those not fortunate enough to live in ‘Straya).

  4. madscientist says

    What gorgeous dinosaurs birds. Have a look at the Philippine Eagle (aka monkey-eating eagle, not that it’s the only eagle that eats monkeys) – there is such diversity even within the species of eagles.

  5. says

    Oi! Keep your rotten Yankee graspers off our ‘wedgies’ (that’s wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) for those not fortunate enough to live in ‘Straya).

    You know how many smart bombs we could plant in their nests?

    Just saying…

    Glen Davidson

  6. bartylobethal says

    And which one of those smart bombs will finally bankrupt you for all time?

    I for one will welcome our new Chinese overlords.

  7. johnmorgan says

    I for one will welcome our new Chinese overlords.

    No worries about eagles taking over, though. Wind turbines have already got that possibility covered

  8. bartylobethal says

    Wind turbines have already got that possibility covered

    It’s common knowledge that the only eagles complaining about being killed by wind turbines are those that failed to negotiate rental agreements with the turbine farm builders.

  9. machintelligence says

    I wonder what it is about eating fish that selects for white head and tail in eagles. Perhaps it changes their silhouette against the sky?

  10. lpetrich says

    The African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is a close relative of the bald eagle (H. leucocephalus) and various other sea-eagle species. Some of them have white heads, while some others don’t (Sea eagle – Wikipedia).

  11. rrhain says

    No, the Mexicans have, it, too. One of their national birds is the Golden Eagle (prominently displayed on the flag…the other is the Caracara). Scotland’s is the Golden Eagle, too.

    Germany’s national bird is the White-tailed Eagle.

    Spain has the Spanish Imperial Eagle.