Wedge Tailed Eagle


Eagles feature prominently in the stories and mythologies of the night sky. In classical mythology, the Eagle of the god Zeus (the Roman Jupiter) is depicted in the sky as the constellation Aquila (the Eagle). He was the companion of Zeus and would sometimes carry his thunderbolts. The name Aquila is taken from Latin and means 'eagle'.  Additionally, Aquila was one of the original 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy.

(Photo: Male Wedge Tailed-Eagle on Kangaroo Island, South Australia).

The Aranda, Kaurna and Adnyamathanha Peoples see the constellation Crux (the Southern Cross), as the footprint of a Wedge-tailed Eagle in the sky. The Boorong People from the Australian state of Victoria, also saw two Wedge-tailed Eagles (Aquila audax) in the sky. The first and brightest is represented by the star Sirius located in the constellation of Canis Major (the Large Dog) which they called Warepil. The second is the star Rigel in Orion (the Hunter) which the Boorong called Collowgulloric Warepil.


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Updated 16th of January 2011