Appearance: Golden eagles bodies are dark brown except for the golden area near the crown and the grayish brown tail. Their legs are feathered with yellow feet and black claws. They also have dark brown eyes and black bills. Males and females are similar in appearance, but females are much larger than males. 

Habitat: They live in tundra, shrublands, grasslands, woodland-brushlands, and coniferous forests throughout Eurasia, Northern Africa and North America.

Family Life: Golden eagles are monogamous and raise their young together until they become independent at around 32 to 80 days after fledging. During extreme weather or abundant foods they may join together in groups, otherwise golden eagles are solitary or live in pairs. 

Threats: Threats include humans, wolverines and grizzly bears.

golden eagle

Class: Aves (Birds) 

Order: Falconiformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Aquila

Species: Chrysaetos

Status: Federally protected under the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1962

Number at the Zoo: 2 adults

Lifespan: Up to 32 years in the wild, up to 50 years in managed care

Diet: Carnivore


Big Bird

Golden eagles have a wingspan of seven feet!

Super speed

They can dive at speeds estimated at 150 to 200 miles per hour.

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