The national bird of Germany is the golden eagle. Since antiquity, the eagle has been a symbol of vitality and the life-giving power of the sun.
The golden eagle is found in Europe, Russia, parts of Canada and the western United States. It can be found in the mountains and in open landscapes. It is a powerful and agile flier.
German kings as far back as Charlemagne have used the eagle as their symbol. The symbol persisted through the Weimar Republic, which spanned 1919 to 1933. It was also utilized by the Nazis. As of 2014, the federal eagle is the symbol of Germany.