Micke Grove Zoo

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Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

Habitat: Grasslands and forests

Range: Northern hemisphere

Natural Diet: Small to medium sized mammals

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)

 

Fun Animal Facts

Named for the golden feathers on its head and neck, the Golden eagle is one of the largest raptors in the world. Its seven-foot wingspan, ability to dive at speeds up to 150 miles per hour, keen eyesight, and powerful beak and talons make this bird of prey a fast and effective hunter.

In many cultures, Golden eagles represent strength and courage. Some countries, including Mexico, Egypt, and Khazakistan, have designated this large eagle as their national symbol.

 

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Female golden eagle Tahoma, who lives at Micke Grove Zoo, is 4 years old

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