A large predatory bird. The Hebrew word (nesher) that has traditionally been translated “eagle” seems more likely to refer to the griffon vulture. The passage in (Prov 23:5) where a large bird flies toward heaven is thought to refer to the imperial eagle, as this bird was believed able to see into the sun. Where the same word depicts a bird as a symbol for swiftness, it may allude to the golden eagle, as this bird possesses great speed (2Sam 1:23; Jer 4:13). The kind of “eagle” referred to by Jesus as collecting where a body is to be found (Matt 24:28; Luke 17:37) probably refers to a vulture.
5When your eyes light upon it, it is gone;
for suddenly it takes wings to itself,
flying like an eagle toward heaven.
23Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!
In life and in death they were not divided;
they were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.
13Look! He comes up like clouds,
his chariots like the whirlwind;
his horses are swifter than eagles—
woe to us, for we are ruined!
28Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
37Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”