Golden eagle

Species profile

Name: the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is a large eagle belonging to the family Accipitridae.

Appearance: golden eagles are typically a dark brown colour with lighter golden-brown heads and necks. Immature eagles often have white markings on their tails and wings.

Size: they have the fifth largest wingspan amongst all eagle species, reaching 1.8 to 2.3 metres long. Female golden eagles are larger than the males.

Diet: golden eagles use their agility and speed combined with powerful feet and massive talons to snatch up a variety of prey such as hares, rabbits, marmots, and squirrels.

Did you know: due to their incredible hunting prowess, golden eagles have been one of the most highly regarded birds in falconry for centuries, and are regarded with mystic reverence in many ancient, tribal cultures. In Asia, they were used in teams to hunt deer, antelope, and even wolves! While in Europe, their use was typically reserved for Emperors and Kings. To this day, golden eagles are still used for hunting in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia.

Location: there are six subspecies of golden eagle which live across Europe, Asia, Japan, America, and Siberia. They are typically found in mountainous regions where they nest on rock formations.

Best places to see golden eagles

According to reports submitted to WildSide, the best places to see golden eagles are as follows:

Place Chance to see User rating No. reports
Isle of Mull
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