The golden eagle is one of the largest and most impressive of British birds, especially when seen soaring over a Highland glen or searching for prey over a hillside, with deep leisurely wingbeats.

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A Golden Eagle at San Francisco Zoo by ManYee DeSandies at pics4learning.com)Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Accipitridae

Species: Aquila chrysaetos

Distribution: Mountainous areas of Europe; in Britain occurs mainly in remote areas of Scotland.

Description: Dark brown on back & wings; head has a golden tinge. Hooked bill.

Length: 79 - 89cm. Weight: 3 - 6kg.

Wingspan: 200 - 220cm.

Lifespan: About 15 years.

Diet: Birds & mammals e.g. mountain hare, grouse, ptarmigan and carrion.

The golden eagle is one of the largest and most impressive of British birds, especially when seen soaring over a Highland glen or searching for prey over a hillside, with deep leisurely wingbeats. Often it can be seen from up to a mile away, and the impression always is of sheer size, power and majesty. The inexperienced may often confuse it in flight with a buzzard, but its long wings, relatively long tail and obvious head is enough to show it is an eagle. Once an eagle has been seen, there is never any doubt again.

 

 

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