National Animal of Libya

National Animal of Libya

The national animal of Libya is the Arabian Eagle. It was selected as the national animal of Libya because it is a symbol of power, freedom and transcendence. Their eyesight is amazing as they can detect a prey so many miles away. Libya’s national bird is large, probably larger than most birds. These birds have the ability to easily tear into flesh of its prey. This is made possible by its sharp and hooked beak. It also has strong and muscular legs and also powerful talons to enable it get a good grip on its prey.

As hunters, Libya’s national animal mostly lives in open and semi-open areas. This enables them to spot their prey while still far away. You will most likely find them in mountainous and rocky areas. They also like occupying steppe regions. Since they are very large birds, such areas enables them to fly easily. They have been listed as endangered species by the IUCN. This is due to the destruction of their habitat by human beings. Other than Libya, they can also be found in Andorra, Algeria, Albania, Benin, Cameroon and many other countries.

Facts about the National Animal of Libya (Arabian Eagle)

  • Common name: Arabian Eagle
  • Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Average weight: 1.1-15 lbs.
  • Average length: 15.2-42 inches
  • Habitat: open and semi-open areas
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Lifespan: 35 years
  • Incubation period: 35 days

The national bird ofLibya is dark-brown in color. They mostly lay between 2 to 4 eggs which they take turns to incubate. This sense of shared responsibility in incubating their eggs has made the Arabian eagle to be considered the national animal symbol of Libya.

Images of the Arabian eagle can be found in numerous places in Libya. This can range from churches, teams’ uniform to emblems of government documents. This has made the eagle to be declared the national symbol of Libya.

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