Leading up to December 25 we're exploring the wide variety of bird families associated with the 12 Days of Christmas, as the holiday season is, for many people, all about family.
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Ten lords a-leaping.
Few birds are more "lord-like" than the undisputed kings of the avian world, the eagles, all of which are members of the Accipitridae family. These powerful raptors are at the top of the food chain and fear no other beast, truly making them feathered lords. In fact, many eagles, including the bald eagle and golden eagle, are revered as sacred by many ancient cultures.
Steller's Sea Eagle
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