Define Eagle

Large birds of prey, eagles are. They are powerful birds that are larger than the majority of other raptors, with the exception of vultures, and have hooked beaks that are made for tearing through meat.

Eagles’ diets vary depending on the species, where they live, and whether they eat fish, animals, or other birds. When diving for prey, they may achieve swopping speeds of 100 mph while flying at 30 mph, with the Golden Eagle reaching speeds of up to 150 mph. Despite their size, few few of us have the chance to observe these majestic creatures in the wild.

Only the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle are native to the United States, while the Steller’s Sea Eagle and the White-tailed Eagle do occasionally come and can be seen on US beaches.

The only way a person can tame and retain eagles is if they have received training and certification as a master falconer. Keeping eagles as pets is always prohibited.

Note that Petkeen does not support or promote owning wild, exotic, legally protected, imperilled, or otherwise threatened animals as pets.

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Why Can’t Eagles Be Kept As Pets?

The US has very rigorous laws that guarantee the safety and welfare of eagles. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 makes it illegal to even take an eagle feather that you find on the ground. There are some exceptions, but they only apply to recognised American Indian tribes, and even then, the guidelines must be rigorously followed. Even for a first violation, having an eagle feather illegally might result in a $5,000 fine or a year in jail.

Even while there are exceptions that allow a skilled falconer to apply to be allowed to retain one or more of these wild birds, the same act also makes it illegal to keep an eagle as a pet.

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Finding a Master Falconer

It takes a lot of practise to become a skilled falconer.

Normally, you must begin as an apprentice and spend the first two years working with a certified sponsor. The trainee must construct a hawk house. A scale and perch, leash and swivel, glove, bells, and a food source are other items that are required.

After two years of training, an apprentice can keep two raptors, usually redtails or kestrals, and is given the title of general falconer.

Master falconer status requires an additional five years of experience.

A person must apply for an eagle licence even after they are acknowledged as a master falconer. It has been allowed to apply for a licence at the state level since 2008.

No matter how skilled a falconer you become, you are only permitted to maintain a maximum of three golden, white-tailed, or Steller’s sea eagles once you obtain an eagle permit.

Finding Fun with Eagles

In most circumstances, you cannot keep eagles, but there are still ways to appreciate these magnificent creatures. Observing them in their native habitat is the greatest option.

With more than 30,000 birds, Alaska boasts the greatest population of Bald Eagles in the US. Except for Hawaii, they are currently present in all states. The species was given its name not because it has a bald head, but rather because its white head, which contrasts with its dark brown body, gives the impression that it does. Additionally, it facilitates recognition. They typically are most active between the hours of 8 and 5. They prefer lakes and are typically seen perched high in trees around huge bodies of water. Despite their preference for fish, they will hunt in wide areas because they will consume small creatures like birds and rodents.

Golden eagles have a dark brown body and a head that matches that colour. They can be found in mountains, as well as across hills and cliffs, but are typically found over open terrain. They are more frequent in the West, although being uncommon in the Eastern states.

 

 

 

 

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