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Golden Eagle
Aquila chrysaetos

  • Habitat: Grasslands and forests
  • Range: Northern hemisphere, Europe, North Africa, Asia
  • Natural Diet: Small to medium sized mammals
  • Status in the Wild: Common

 

Fun Facts

  • Golden eagles have an extensive distributional range and are found in four continents

  • Females are larger and males and can weight up to 6 kilograms.
  • They are known to fly swiftly in the air reaching a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour
  • They can rotate their heads 270 degrees. They have large eyes and excellent vision that helps them spot prey on the groun while they are flying
  • They are monogamous and and mated pairs last for long durations of time
  • They practice biparental care
  • 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.

 

Conservation Threats

  • Habitat conversion into wood/ pulp plantations has had a detrimental influence of their population numbers in the wild

  • Illegal hunting and trapping also has a negative influence

  • Some birds are known to fly into electric poles/ wires, and wind mills

  • There also has been a population decline due to the negative impact of herbicides and insecticides

 

 

Golden Eagle The female golden eagle was rescued by a Wildlife Rescue Center when she injured her wing in the wild

 

Map Distributional range