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Aug 06 2012

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)

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  1. 1
    'Tis Himself

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

    The coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire had a double headed eagle.

    Voltaire described the Holy Roman Empire as neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.

  2. 2
    newfie

    Two Eagles Humping is my Ojibwe name.

  3. 3
    davem

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

    But have you got a flag?

  4. 4
    Glen Davidson

    I was going to say, “Fuck the eagles,” but I guess it’d be redundant now.

    Glen Davidson

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    Forbidden Snowflake

    I think you only get the eagles that have white on the top parts.

  6. 6
    rogiriverstone

    Hey! We landed on Mars! http://youtu.be/H7Kh-p1QmIk

  7. 7
    genshed

    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.

  8. 8
    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

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

  9. 9
    bartylobethal

    “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).

  10. 10
    madscientist

    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.

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    Glen Davidson

    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

  12. 12
    bartylobethal

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

    I for one will welcome our new Chinese overlords.

  13. 13
    johnmorgan

    I for one will welcome our new Chinese overlords.

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

  14. 14
    bartylobethal

    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.

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    machintelligence

    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?

  16. 16
    lpetrich

    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).

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    rrhain

    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.

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