The golden eagle is the national bird of Mexico, as claimed by the National Geographic Society, although the crested caracara is also identified as Mexico's national bird, as mentioned by the National Audubon Society. The golden eagle is depicted on the Mexican national flag, while the caracara is traditionally considered by the locals as the country's national bird.
A golden eagle is the largest bird of prey in the North American continent. It is typically dark brown in appearance, and characterized by its swift flight and diving speeds. A crested caracara, which is related to the falcon, has a smooth red face and is known for its high cackling sound. The Ancient Aztecs of Mexico considered the bird as sacred.