Symbol of the Early Republic
The bald eagle
The Three Candidates
The following three birds were all proposed by Congress in 1782 to be the nation's bird because of these qualities: their long life spans, they are native to America, and also because they are majestic.
The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States. The bald eagle was picked because it had more than just the desired traits for the nation's bird. It was chosen to because of its long life, great strength, nobility, it was native to America, and also because it was majestic.
"The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolizes the strength and freedom of America. But as latter-day citizens we shall fail our trust if we permit the eagle to disappear"
-John F Kennedy