Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

Golden Eagle
Photo: Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences
Description:
Adult evenly dark below with slight lightening at base of tail. A wash of gold on nape of neck (golden mantle). Broad wings. Length 30” – 41”, Wingspan 6 ½’ – 7 ½
Voice:
Seldom heard. A yelping “bark,” kya or whistled notes
Food:
Mainly rabbits and large rodents, occasionally birds. Also, road-kill dear
Nest:
A mass of sticks on cliff ledge or tree top, lined with finer material. Eggs 1-3; creamy with dark marks.
Habitat:
Open mountains, foothills, canyons, plains
Range:
Resident from AK to Mexic
Migration:
Comments:
Flat-winged gliding and soaring; with only occasional wing beats. Hunts by soaring then diving down to capture prey.

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