|Photo: Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences|
- 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
- Seldom heard. A yelping “bark,” kya or whistled notes
- Mainly rabbits and large rodents, occasionally birds. Also, road-kill dear
- A mass of sticks on cliff ledge or tree top, lined with finer material. Eggs 1-3; creamy with dark marks.
- Open mountains, foothills, canyons, plains
- Resident from AK to Mexic
- Flat-winged gliding and soaring; with only occasional wing beats. Hunts by soaring then diving down to capture prey.