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The bald eagle is the symbol for the United States as it symbolizes power, courage and strength. One amazing fact about is that it never surrenders to the strength or size of their prey. Just how much do you know about this majestic bird? Take the interesting quiz below and find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Bald eagles get their white head and tail feathers when they are how old?

    • A.

      1 year

    • B.

      2 years

    • C.

      4 years

    • D.

      6 years

    Correct Answer
    C. 4 years
    Explanation
    Bald eagles get their white head and tail feathers when they are 4 years old. This is because young bald eagles have mostly brown feathers, and it takes several years for them to develop the iconic white feathers on their head and tail. This change in plumage is a sign of maturity and is often used to distinguish adult eagles from juveniles.

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  • 2. 

    True or false:  There are only 12 different types of eagles in the world, including the bald and golden eagles found in North America.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There are over 80 species of eagle in the world!

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  • 3. 

    True or false:  Bald eagles are capable of grabbing a 20 pound dog and carrying it off.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Eagles can only carry about four pounds.

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  • 4. 

    Eagles are excellent flyers.  About how many feathers does a single bird have?

    • A.

      70

    • B.

      700

    • C.

      7000

    • D.

      70000

    Correct Answer
    C. 7000
    Explanation
    Eagles are known for their exceptional flying abilities, which require a large number of feathers to provide the necessary lift and maneuverability. While the exact number can vary depending on the species and size of the bird, it is estimated that an average eagle has around 7,000 feathers. These feathers are crucial for flight, as they help to create aerodynamic forces and provide insulation. With such a significant number of feathers, eagles are able to soar through the skies with great agility and grace.

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  • 5. 

    A bald eagle's eyesight...

    • A.

      Is 4 times better than a person with perfect vision.

    • B.

      Is twice as good as a person with perfect vision.

    • C.

      Is telescopic.

    • D.

      Is so poor that they rely more on hearing and vibrations to catch prey.

    Correct Answer
    A. Is 4 times better than a person with perfect vision.
    Explanation
    A bald eagle's eyesight is 4 times better than a person with perfect vision. This means that the eagle can see objects and details from a much farther distance and with greater clarity compared to a person with perfect vision. The eagle's exceptional eyesight is an adaptation that allows it to spot prey from high altitudes and navigate its environment effectively.

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  • 6. 

    Eagle nests are found in white and red pine trees and can be up to...

    • A.

      20 pounds

    • B.

      200 pounds

    • C.

      2000 pounds

    • D.

      5000 pounds

    Correct Answer
    C. 2000 pounds
    Explanation
    Eagle nests are known for their large size and can weigh up to 2000 pounds. This weight is necessary to support the size and strength of the eagle and its young, as well as provide stability and protection. The nest is typically built in white and red pine trees, which are strong enough to hold the weight of the nest. This impressive weight capacity allows the eagle to create a safe and secure environment for its offspring, ensuring their survival and development.

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  • 7. 

    Bald eagles earned their name because...

    • A.

      They have no feathers on top of their heads.

    • B.

      "balde" is an old English term meaning "white".

    • C.

      "baldd" is an Ojibway term meaning "quick mind".

    • D.

      The birds have no feathers on their feet.

    Correct Answer
    B. "balde" is an old English term meaning "white".
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "balde" is an old English term meaning "white". This is because the term "bald" in old English referred to something that was white or pale in color. The bald eagle's head is covered in white feathers, which is why it was given this name.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following factors led to the decline of eagle populations in the 20th century?  (Check ALL answers that you think are right.)

    • A.

      Loss of habitat

    • B.

      Human harassment (shooting, poisoning)

    • C.

      Eagle flu

    • D.

      DDT and other pesticides

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Loss of habitat
    B. Human harassment (shooting, poisoning)
    D. DDT and other pesticides
    Explanation
    Loss of habitat, human harassment (shooting, poisoning), and DDT and other pesticides are all factors that contributed to the decline of eagle populations in the 20th century. Loss of habitat refers to the destruction and fragmentation of eagle habitats, which reduces their available nesting and foraging areas. Human harassment, such as shooting and poisoning, directly targeted and killed eagles. DDT and other pesticides were widely used during this time and caused thinning of eagle eggshells, leading to reproductive failure and population decline. These factors combined resulted in a significant decrease in eagle populations during the 20th century.

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  • 9. 

    True or false:  When an eagle grabs a fish, it will release it immediately if it is attacked by other birds.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Eagles talons' usually lock into their prey, making it impossible to release mid-air, even if they wanted to!

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  • 10. 

    The Chippewa National Forest is home to how many pairs of bald eagles?

    • A.

      28

    • B.

      58

    • C.

      108

    • D.

      178

    Correct Answer
    D. 178
    Explanation
    This is the third largest population of breeding eagles within the United States!

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