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Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Ti}Ia{ - Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Ti}la{, sal}uk aku{, agacha qalgaza}ulax. Kaznam saa hiila{tazaku{, maalal ana{ maalal kalulgal asxuunulax, ana}is maaIaadahIiika}ula{. Kalukuun txin hi{saalal aguun txin hachisxaa}an a}na{.

Ti}Ia{, sam qaxchikdana{ liidaa aku{, kamgii ama hitxigan hakangis quhmaza{ ama hiiyukaa ama kitakix chumnugim angalidigaa angali{taza{. Kitagan qagal}ingis qichi}iku{ suktal

qaqamii}uza{. Hakang inkam ilan iga{tal qas agisa}iisal angali{ aguun, hakaax kims qam an}a}ii kita}iisal suza{. Hingamaku{ mal slum aslaan Chi}anam qaa agiichigaan atxazalgal aguun ti}lu}uku{ uku}aza{.

Ti}las itaangina{ al saahmla}izas, hawakus unglus asxuunulax qayam kangan isxa}izakus isxangis qahngus ama qiigas ilagaan agu}ikus, alax asxuunulax qankus saahmlam quhmangis matazas. Ti}lam chiidangis a}anas agudix isxamdix ilan al slunas agudix, anadix hizax sanaatanas liidal agudix taaman iga{taqalizas.

Ti}las slum huzuu udang azakus. Sam ukuqadigaa aza{, amaatxagaan qalgada{ uku{taku{, hamang uku}aqa}ulak aguun ataqadim hingaax kuu}al haman qalgada{ hnul suza{.

Ti}lam chiida{taqangis akus. Awayqis hiila{tazas. Qaxchikdal hakangis amayaknana{ liidazas, hagumatal hagihligudix ti}laagamagi{ txidix hitil agudix taaman kamgingis ama hitxigan hakangis txidix quhmatzas.

Alitxum kadagaan ti}Iam kitangis tayasazanas a{tazakus alax duulura{ aaka{ aki{tazana{ hiiIa{taza{, aku{ wayaam ana{ maalal kataIgaakazalaka{. Unangam anangis ila{tangis hawakus ti}Iam igasingis mitiisi{tazanas.

 

Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus

The eagle is a large bird, but it is not edible. The people do not eat them anyway. It is the national bird, so nothing can be done to it. It cannot be shot or bothered. If you are found guilty of shooting an eagle, you will be put in jail.

The eagle is a black-looking bird with a white head and tail feathers. Its beak and feet are yellowish. It has sharp claws which are used for hunting its food. Sometimes, the eagle will be seen looking for fish from a very high altitude. Then all of a sudden, it will dive and grab the fish with its claws. That is why sometimes when you catch a fish it has claw marks from the unsuccessful attempts of an eagle.

The eagles are the first to have eggs during the summer. They have their nests on top of rock pinnacles or on hill tops. The nest consists of seaweed and grass. The eagle lays two to three white eggs a year. After the eaglets are born, they remain in their nests until they are about the size of their mother then they start flying.

The eagles remain here all year around. They are birds with very good eye sight. They can spot food a long way and go after it and pick it up coming from nowhere.

The eaglets are called awayqis. They look dark brown and dirty until they mature. Then their heads and their tail feathers turn white.

Before World War II, the claws were in big demand. They sold up to $2.00 a pair. Native mothers also used eagle wings for sweeping the floors.

Qigu{ - Gavia immer
Common Loon
Qaqa}i{ - Gavia stellata
Red-throated Loon
Aagayuu}i{ - Phalacrocorax pelagicus
Pelagic Cormorant
Ingatu{ - Phalacrocorax urile
Red-faced Cormorant
Qukin}i{ - Olor columbianus
Whistling Swan
Qagmangi{ - Philacte canagica
Emperor Goose
Aa}i{ - Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard
Amtatu{ - Anas acuta
Pintail
Qii{chiida{ - Anas crecca
Green-winged Teal
Kuchutu{ - Aythya affinis
Lesser Scaup
Saaku{ - Somateria spectabilis
King Eider
Kasami{ - Somateria mollissima
Common Eider
Tamgaalu{ - Melanitta deglandi
White-winged Scoter
Qugaangi{ - Melanitta nigra
Black Scoter
Hanim Kamgituu - Bucephala clangula
Common Goldeneye
Midimit{i{ - Becephala albeola
Bufflehead
Aanglaa}i{ - Clangula hyemalis
Oldsquaw
Kaaxadgi{ - Histrionicus histrionicus
Harlequin Duck
A}laaya{ - Mergus serrator
Red-breasted Merganser
Ti}la{ - Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Bald Eagle
A}diikas - Lagopus mutus
Rock Ptarmigan
Hiigi{ - Haematopus bachmani
Black Oystercatcher
Chulixta{ - Calidris ptilocnemis
Rock Sandpiper
Sluka{ - Larus glaucescens
Glaucous-wing Gull
Tiigilgaada{ - Rissa tridactyla
Black-legged Kittiwake
Ulungt{a{ - Uria aalge
Common Murre
Siihmlu{ - Cepphus columba
Pigeon Guillemot
Qizangi{ - Synthliboramphus antiguus
Ancient Murrelet
Qagida{ - Fratercula corniculata
Horned Puffin
Uxchu{ - Lunta cirrhata
Tufted Puffin
Tutuutu{ - Nyctea scandiaca
Snowy Owl
Qanglaa}i{ - Corvus corax
Common Raven
Maadugaa{ - Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting
Chaanu{ - Leucosticte tephrocotis
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Chiixuyaaka{ - Melospiza melodia
Song Sparrow
Chilu{ - Calcarius lapponicus
Alaska Longspur
Qatxaya{ - Troglodytes troglodytes
Winter Wren

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