American Bald Eagle

By Ja'quez Smith

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy if the study of naming organisms and and assigning them into different groups. They consists of the following  order: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.

Kingdom- The American Bald Eagle belongs to the Animalia kingdom.

Phylum- The eagle's main phylum group is chordata.

Class- The eagle's main class is the Aves class. They are feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates.

Order- Falconiformes. This particular order is made up of birds of prey

Family- Accipitridae usually live in nests on trees.

Genus- Haliaeetus are made up birds that uses their wings to fly

Species- leucocephalus are large birds of prey that make up the bird family.

Interesting Facts:

1. Eagles can live up to 30 years in the wild, while they can last longer in captivity

2. Eagles can swim. They use an overhand movement of their wings, similar to the butterfly stroke.

3. The eagle can fly up to 20-40 mph in normal flight, and can dive at speeds over 100 mph.

Sites:

http://www.nhptv.org/wild/falconiformes.asp

http://seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-bytes/birds...

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