Male Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Scientific name: Aquila chrysaetos

Did you know: The Golden Eagle is one of the largest birds of prey in North America, with a wingspan reaching up to 220 cm!

What Do Golden Eagles Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Golden Eagles are majestic birds, known for their impressive size and soaring flight

Adults display dark brown plumage with a distinctive golden sheen on their head and neck. The young, or immature eagles, can be identified by their white tail and wing markings.

Differences Between Male And Female Golden Eagles

Males and females are similar in appearance, with subtle size differences. Females are typically larger than males, a common trait in birds of prey.

What Do Golden Eagles Eat?

These powerful raptors have a varied diet, primarily hunting small mammals like rabbits, hares, and marmots. They also feed on birds, reptiles, and occasionally larger prey such as seals and ungulates.

Where Do Golden Eagles Live? (Including Migration Info)

Golden Eagles inhabit a wide range of environments, from the open country around mountains and hills to forested regions. They are found across the Northern Hemisphere, including parts of North America, Eurasia, and North Africa. 

While some populations are sedentary, others in higher latitudes are migratory, travelling south during the winter.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Golden Eagles)

Despite their size, Golden Eagles are known for their relatively quiet demeanour. Their vocalisations, used mainly during mating and territorial displays, are high-pitched and less frequent compared to other birds of prey.

Fun Golden Eagle Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Golden Eagles are among the fastest animals, with a diving speed of up to 320 km/h (200 mph).
  • They can live up to 30 years in the wild.
  • These eagles build large nests, sometimes used by generations of birds.
  • Females lay up to four eggs, with usually only one or two chicks surviving to fledge.
  • Golden Eagles have excellent vision, able to spot prey from great distances.
  • They are revered in many cultures and feature in various mythologies and national symbols.

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Facts About The Golden Eagle

Diet: Birds and mammals - some carrion.
Bird Family: Kites, hawks and eagles
Length: 75-88cm
Wingspan: 204-220cm
Weight: 2.8-4.5kg (male); 3.8-6.6kg (female)
Scientific Name: Aquila chrysaetos

The Golden Eagle Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Golden Eagle Images

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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile