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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

(Aquila chrysaetos)

Description

(wingspan: 72’’-87’’) Golden Eagles are named for their golden colored head that tapers down the back of their neck. The rest of their plumage a chocolate brown with lighter modeling. Golden Eagles are feathered to the feet. The juveniles look similar to the adults but they have a broad white band on their upper tail and white patches at the base of their primaries. It takes five years for eagles to reach maturity and gain their adult plumage.

Diet

Golden Eagles will prey on mammals of all sizes and also eat carrion, especially in the winter.

Migration

Here in Colorado, there are populations of Golden Eagles who stay year-round and populations that winter here from northern areas.

Breeding

Nests are built on high cliffs or trees, using thick branches. The females will lay one to two eggs per brood and the babies will fledge in nine to ten weeks.

 

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