Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Haliaeetus leucocephalus Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

Ben Franklin disapproved of the Bald Eagle, as he wrote his daughter. “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

“With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country…”

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