Why Do Eagles Gather? (Explained)

by Alex Kountry
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Eagles are made up of various species. There are over 60 different types of eagles. And many of them are primarily solitary.

Nonetheless, many types of eagles are quite sociable and will congregate in groups. However, this is usually done outside of their breeding season.

So it’s natural to wonder why these birds engage in this behavior. Why do eagles gather in groups? Let’s find out.

Why Do Eagles Gather In Groups

Why Do Eagles Gather

Eagles are solitary creatures. And they do well on their own. They are, however, usually pair for mating.

Again, you’d most likely see these birds in groups during the winter. Here is the reason why they do this;

To protect themselves from harsh weather conditions: These birds frequently gather to seek shelter from harsh weather conditions such as wind or harsh winter.

Getting out of the wind is the most obvious way to reduce wind chill. When they are in a group, it is usually difficult for the wind to affect them.

To roost: Eagles usually congregate at communal roosts, where they spend the night. Many birds prefer to roost in a coniferous tree.

There are some advantages to roosting close to the trunk as well. A central roost in a conifer maximizes roosting eagles’ safety from nocturnal predators.

The roost site should provide some protection from bad weather conditions, especially in the winter.

Wind and cold weather can be mitigated by birds congregating in a communal roost. They accomplish this by huddling together and sharing body heat.

As a result, the overall energy demand of thermoregulation is reduced.

To secure themselves from predators: Another reason these birds may be found in groups is to protect themselves from predators.

The greater their number, the less likely they are to be attacked by predators. This is a common behavior in birds.

These birds, on the other hand, are powerful fighters on their own. For defense, they use their powerful feet and sharp claws (talons).

To hunt: Gathering together helps eagles in finding food with less energy expenditure than hunting alone. Everyone knows when one eagle finds food.

Hunting together allows them to take down large animals such as antelopes and deer.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on eagles attacking humans

What Does It Mean When You See A Flock Of Eagles 

When you see a flock of eagles, they may be hunting for food. And this does not usually last long. Usually, when they get what they want, they take off.

Normally, eagles do not congregate. They are very self-sufficient birds. And they possess all of the characteristics required to successfully live and survive alone. That is why they prefer to be alone.

For them, flying in a flock can be a bit distracting. They are usually distracted by the noise and movement around them.

And, given that they are well-equipped to hunt on their own, they don’t see the point. As a result, they’d rather fly alone.

Why Do Bald Eagles Congregate 

Congregate is simply a word that means to gather. As previously stated, eagles can congregate to roost, seek protection from predators, or hunt.

Bald eagles frequently congregate at communal roosts during the winter. This entails the gathering of birds.

It is a well-known fact that all birds roost. While some do it alone, others do it in groups.

These Eagles, on the other hand, eagles that roost in groups.

Do Eagles Fly Together 

Eagles fly alone most of the time. They are, as previously stated, solitary birds. However, they could move in groups for roosting sake.

It’s usually a lovely sight to see birds flying together. Flying allows birds to notice and defend against predators because it allows them to look in different directions to see threats.

Eagles, on the other hand, are frequently distracted when flying in groups. And, in most cases, they may miss their targets.

This explains why eagles feel so at ease flying alone.

They also have inherent abilities that serve as protective mechanisms. First, their vision can detect a predator from a long-distance away. With this, they can prepare for defense.

The eagle is also physically strong and can withstand pressures that other birds can’t.

Are A Group Of Eagles A Bad Omen 

A group of eagles is never a bad omen. They may be roosting. Eagles have been observed hunting in groups on occasion.

This is most common when large animals are being hunted. And, it could also be one of the reasons they are in a group.

Another reason could be to stay protected against predators.

However, what about seeing them in dreams? Is it a bad sign?

Some persons have reported seeing these birds in their dreams. If you have, I’m sure you’re curious as to what it means.

It is also not a cause for concern to see eagles in your dreams. This bird has been discovered to have unique characteristics that make them stand out.

Generally, eagles in the dream symbolize the following;

  • A wish-fulfillment.
  • The accomplishment of goals.
  • An opportunity for growth
  • An evolution.

The appearance of an eagle in dreams is usually intended to inspire and push you to greater heights.

They are also a symbol that encourages and pushes us to go beyond our limits.

However, when Eagles appear in groups to you it means that you are being put on notice.

Have you ever seen an eagle perched high in your dream?  Many believe that this signifies good fortune. It could also mean that victory is coming your way.

Well then, what about if it scares or attack you? If an eagle scares or attacks you in the dream, it means there are some self-imposed limitations you need to push through.

Eagles are generally known to symbolism the following; loyalty, devotion, freedom, foresight, truth, honor, hope, and psychic awareness.

However, seeing an eagle in a dream can also be a pointer to something bad. Sometimes, it could be a sign or an illness or something worse.

Nonetheless, there’s still no need to panic as this is just human belief. And they aren’t always this way.

Also check out this article I wrote on whether eagles make good pets

Do Eagles Hunt In Groups 

Eagles, like most other birds, hunt in groups. However, this is not regular. This is most likely to be seen if they are hunting larger animals.

Eagles are predatory birds. They are frighteningly skilled at the art of silent attack.

When they hunt in groups, one of the birds will flush out prey towards the other hunters.

Sadly, they seldom collaborate in hunting.

Adult eagles are more likely to do the hunting and killing. Juvenile birds, on the other hand, rely more heavily on stealing food for survival.

The majority of them are also opportunistic hunters. This means they have the ability to steal food from other birds.

Fish are a favorite food of eagles. This is typically their preferred prey.

They do, however, eat other animals such as rodents, squirrels, prairie dogs, raccoons, rabbits, hamsters, and gerbils. They also hunt reptiles such as snakes and lizards.

Because eagles cannot see clearly or perfectly in the dark, they avoid hunting at night. They are only seen hunting during the day when there is daylight.

However, eagles do not hunt on a daily basis. Typically, they can catch enough food to last at least two days.

Do Eagles Have A Community Or Group Like Humans Do 

There is no community for eagles. They are solitary birds, as previously stated. However, they are usually a pair for the purpose of mating.

Mated pairs of eagles that migrate, on the other hand, do not migrate together. This reduces the likelihood of both birds being killed for unknown reasons while migrating.

However, many other birds are known to live in communities. Some of such birds include crows,

These birds do not live together for no reason. Staying together helps them fight against predators.

If a predator should attack these birds, they may likely get injured. In some other cases, they may get confused and not know which bird to target.

They are also able to go after their prey with less energy. And, they are usually successful. A minimum of six birds can attack a really large prey and defeat it.


Eagles do not usually gather in groups. By nature, they are solitary birds. They may, however, gather once in a while to hunt or roost.

However, an eagle would prefer to hunt on its own. This is because hunting in groups can distract them.

They only hunt in groups when hunting larger animals. In groups, they can hunt large animals such as dear. However, they tend to enjoy feeding on fish.

They are also not always seen flying together. These birds prefer their own space and do well on their own.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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