Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle
(Aquila chrysaetos)

Order:  Accipitriformes
Family:  Accipitridae

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Golden Eagle Information

Length:  30 - 41"

Habitat:  In limited Northeast range: open mountainous areas, open coniferous forests, other open country. Requires cliffs (preferred) or tall trees for nesting.

Diet:  Mostly small to medium-sized mammals, including rabbits, skunks, ground squirrels, and mice; medium-sized birds such as grouse and pheasants; occasionally, larger birds; large insects, snakes, some carrion.

  Calls of the Golden Eagle

Additional Information

Golden Eagle
Photos and info about this raptor's voice, flight physiology, habitat, diet, migration, reproduction, and longevity. (From Wikipedia)

Golden Eagle in Flight

Golden Eagle in Flight

Photo credit: Donna Dewhurst/USFWS

Golden Eagle
Identification Tips

  • Wingspan: 78 inches
  • Very large, broad-winged, broad-tailed hawk
  • Sexes similar
  • Short, dark, hooked beak with yellow cere
  • Golden feathering on nape
  • Plumage almost entirely dark brown, without white in underwing coverts
  • Two pale brown median tail bands
  • Golden band on upperwing coverts
  • Plumage almost entirely dark brown
  • White bases to outer secondaries and inner primaries produces oval, white patch
  • White tail with broad, crisp, dark terminal band
  • Plumage gradually darkens to resemble that of adult, with white in wings disappearing

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

(Image credit: USGS)

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Golden Eagle Nov-Mar over last 10 years

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS