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eagle

It is probably safe to say that the eagle has occupied one of the highest spots as a symbol of the noble spirit in man. The eagle signifies a person of action, speedy in apprehension, alertness, quick of mind, strong, and brave. In many cultures, it is thought to be a sacred medicine bird and many shamans and medicine men still use eagle feathers and talons in secretive ceremonies. The eyes of the eagle came to represent the divine spirit in each of us. This bird is one of the most swift and powerful of the birds of prey and can soar to incredible heights. It is known that Charlemagne adopted the ancient Roman eagle as his own symbol after he was crowned. Ivan III of Russia is one of the first rulers to have used the double-headed Byzantine eagle as a symbol of the union of East and West, while Napoleon Bonaparte's Grande Armée carried the French Imperial Eagle on the battle staff. The eagle is generally "displayed" meaning that it is shown with both wings spread open on most arms.

courage

With its massive wing span, large frame, sharp beak and talons, and penetrating gaze, the eagle is a formidable creature with few if any natural enemies. It is no surprise, then, that this regal bird is a symbol of fearlessness and courage.

power

The eagle is a natural symbol of power and authority, with its regal bearing and ability to survey vast distances while soaring at altitudes of 3,048 meters (10,000 feet) or more. Eagles also occupy the top of the food chain.

eagle is also a symbol of vision, honor, generosity, strength, courage, goodness, purity, virtuousness, faith, repentance.

Example of known uses of eagle

The coat of arms of the Republic of Blackburn

The coat of arms of the Republic of Blackburn

A displayed white eagle with a golden crown on a red background has been the emblem of Poland for a thousand years, symbolising the courage and strength of the Polish nation throughout its turbulent and tragic history.

Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank

This British bank adopted a displayed black eagle - commonly called a "spread eagle" - in 1728 when it moved into new premises in the City of London. Before widespread literacy, businesses often used heraldic signs so their customers could find them easily.

National animal

National animal

The eagle serves as the national animal for many countries, including Albania (golden), Armenia, Austria (black), Egypt (golden), Germany (black), Mexico (golden), Nigeria, Poland (white-tailed), Serbia (white), Spain (Spanish imperial), the United States (bald), and Zambia (African sea).

Athletic teams

Athletic teams

The eagle is a popular mascot for athletic teams and organizations, including the Connacht, an Irish rugby team whose flag features half of a black eagle, displayed. A maroon and white eagle, displayed, appears on the logo of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, an Australian rugby team, and the logo for the Philadelphia Eagles, an American football team, features an eagle head in white, blue, and black.

The United States eagle

The United States eagle

The eagle is the symbol of the United States since 1782.

Anheuser Busch

Anheuser Busch

Is one of the largest beer producers in the world, displaying the eagle on its bottles.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

Are well known in the realm of NFL football and beloved by its fans.

The Eagles Band

The Eagles Band

A still popular 1970s rock band while the highest achievement one can earn in the Boys Scouts is the rank of Eagle Scout.

Different examples

Different examples

A double-headed eagle was the most significant charge on the coat of arms of Imperial Russia, and had been previously used as a symbol of the Holy Roman Emperors. It also appears for instance in Napoleon's coat of arms after he was proclaimed emperor, again in order to underline his imperial and universalist ambitions of conquest. It currently appears in the coat of arms of Germany, as well as in that of Austria.

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