Like most birds, eagles have very slim bodies and trim feathers. Unlike other birds, however, eagles are much larger in size, as well as heavier and more powerful in build. They range in size from the South Nicobar Serpent Eagle at 500 grams and 40 centimeters to the Steller's Sea Eagle's 6.7 kilograms and the Philippine Eagle's 100 centimeters.
In the Real World
Like most birds of prey, eagles are fast fliers, effective hunters, and symbols of strength and power. Though not as large as some vultures, eagles are most often larger than other raptors. In addition to their other senses, eagles also have extremely keen eyesight, which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance. Their diet includes fish, small mammals, and even other birds.
In addition to their genus, eagles are often further divided into categories, based on their physical features and diet. The most prominent of these are:
- The fish eagles - as their name suggests, these eagles primarily feed on fish. The bald eagle is a type of fish eagle.
- The harpy eagles - there are six types of harpy eagles, all of which can be identified by the crests on their heads.
- The snake eagles - as their name suggests, these eagles primarily feed on snakes.
- The true or booted eagles - "booted" is a reference to the leg feathers, which extend all the way down to the toes. The golden eagle is a type of true or booted eagle.
There are two notable eagles in the series: a mother and her son named Baby Earl, who both make their first and only appearance in "To Kilimanjaro Bird". After Timon steals Baby Earl's bowl of grubs, Mother Eagle gets angry at him and she makes him and Pumbaa babysit her son while she goes to the lowlands to find more bugs.
An eagle makes a brief appearance above the gorge when Timon shows Pumbaa where his backstory begins and where he lived in a meerkat colony.
An eagle named Claws appears in this book and serves as the secondary antagonist. After failing to catch Timon due to the efforts of Simba, Claws swears revenge on the cub and allies with Harak to get his own back on the young lion. In the end, their plot fails and Claws is scared away by a pile of falling bones. He is never again seen or mentioned.
An eagle attacks Timon's colony, and Timon is blamed for the ordeal.
- Claws is an eagle who serves as the secondary antagonist in The Elephant's Graveyard.
- The Sky Bandit is another eagle, found in Mabu's Mischief.
- Hadithi is an eagle who is idolized by Ono.
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle
- ↑ http://www.sciencemag.org/content/176/4037/920
- ↑ http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/aves/falconiformes/eagles.htm
- ↑ http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Fish_Eagle