The Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the most widely distributed and successful predators.

Golden Eagles are large, strong, long-winged birds of prey with a relatively long tail and a characteristic indentation at the base of the wing. The adult eagle is overall dark brown in colour, with a golden yellow tinge on the top of the head which gives the bird its English name. Young and immature (sub-adult) Golden Eagles have conspicuous white patches of plumage on the wings and a white base to the tail.

 

The golden yellow colour on the top of the head of the Golden Eagle gives the bird its English name. (Foto: © A. Ausobsky)

The Golden Eagle in flight
(Foto: © H. Haller)


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