Bad Mouthing the Eagle

Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey for the national bird. The turkey of his era was nothing like the domesticated bird slaughtered for Thanksgiving. The wild turkey was a cunning wood creature living in large communes of fellow avians. Huge flocks of brightly plumed turkeys would cloud the skies. Benjamin Franklin was vehemently against the choice of the eagle as the national bird.

“I wish that the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country, he is a bird of bad moral character, he does not get his living honestly, you may have seen him perched on some dead tree, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing-hawk, and when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to its nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes it from him…. Besides he is a rank coward; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest. . . of America.. . . For a truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on.”

Nice talk for the national bird.

As for eagle as a meal, I googled cooked eagle and only came up with the following query on

I was driving the other day and hit a bald eagle that was flying across the street. It was a country road that usually isn’t very busy, but I figured I would cook it since I’ve never had eagle before. Are there any recipes I should know about? Or any spices specifically? I live in Eastern Iowa so you know what may or may not be available to me. I didn’t mean to hit it, it was like if a deer ran across the street.
2 years ago

This posting attracted outrage and weirdos.

KILLER: I kill eagles all the time, for fun. Especially since bald eagles don’t even exist where I live.

maie: okay i believe you didn’t mean to kill it, well you cant help things like that all the time, but they are an endangered species and it is illegal to kill it (on purpose I’m sure they will forgive an accident) and it is also illegal to have possession of it. i would call the local animal control center and see what they would tell you to do cuz if someone says that you have one, or sees it in your trash then you can get arrested. at that point you haven’t made a report and you cant prove what happened.

OUTRAGE: It is a Federal Offense to Kill a Bald Eagle, or even HAVE one of its feathers in your possession.

just cook it like chicken

Otherwise nothing else on the internet.

So I guess eagles don’t taste good.

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