Golden Eagle

General description.

The Golden Eagle, a magnificent bird of gigantic proportions, is one of the largest birds in North America. This bird is rare in the East, but fairly common in the West. It can be found soaring over the ground in search of food. This bird eats small mammals as well as large insects and reptiles. It has been known to take take large mammals such as deer and birds as large as Great Horned Owls. The Golden Eagle is monogamous and may mate for life. A pair return to the same nest every year or every other year. A pair raises about one brood every two years. This bird is protected by law. ta one time thousand were killed by farmers to protect livestock.

Female appearance.

Larger than male.

Juvenile appearance.

The juvenile Golden eagle has a white tail and patches on its wings.

Flight pattern.

Direct with deep, slow, powerful wing beats. Soars on thermals.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.


Population and distribution.

Fairly common in West, but rare in East.

Nesting habits.

The Golden Eagle nests on cliffs and in trees and dead trees and lays 2 white eggs.
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