What Is the National Bird of Spain?

The national bird of Spain is the Spanish imperial eagle. This large bird of prey lives in central and southwest Spain, primarily along the border with Portugal. It's classified as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, mostly due to loss of habitat and human encroachment.

The eagle is golden brown in color and has a predominant beak. It has a wingspan of between 71 and 83 inches, and adults weigh between 6 and 7 pounds. It feeds primarily on rabbits, and the decrease in rabbit populations in Spain is a major contributing factor to the eagle's endangered species status. As of 2010, there were about 300 eagles in Spain and Portugal.