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The One Unexpected Thing You Probably Didn't Know About Bald Eagles

Bald eagles should be seen, not heard.

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Ah, the bald eagle. Majestic symbol of the United States of America. It's the epitome of grace and power.

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And who can forget that iconic, awe-inspiring call they make, right?

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Well, no.

Bald eagles actually have a pretty wimpy call. The sound we always hear in movies whenever a bald eagle takes flight is really a red-tailed hawk.

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Listen.

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Bald eagles, meanwhile, actually sound like this...

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I'm so, so sorry, Mr. Eagle. You're a fraud.

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