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The Myth of the Bald Eagle Screech

When most Americans think of a bald eagles, they also think of the imposing screech they hear when one is featured in a movie or tv show. But that majestic call doesn’t belong to a bald eagle, it’s borrowed from a red tailed hawk, and dubbed in.

The sound bald eagles actually make is more of a musical whistling. You can hear it in the video below that I took at the Carolina Raptor Center, where I was lucky enough to hear it in person.

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  1. Ha! This made me laugh, because my partner really gets on his soapbox about this fact. I don’t know where he learnt it (he is a bit of a film geek), but I can’t tell how many times he has quoted this when an eagle appears in a film. More of these please ;).

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