The Golden Eagle – A Raptor To Reckon With

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Golden EagleThe Golden Eagle is one of the largest eagles in North America. Even though it is an eagle it is also known as a raptor. The eagle can be seen in the western United States year round and in Canada during the summer months. They can be seen either alone or in pairs. Golden Eagles are dark brown with a golden sheen on the back of the head and neck when they reach adulthood. Their wings can span as much as 86 inches and they can weigh as much as 13 pounds in adulthood.
Similar to the Bald Eagle, the Golden Eagle can be seen soaring above searching for prey. They also tend to prefer open country along mountain ranges or near cliffs. This gives them the ability to perch and seek out their prey.  It prefers the jackrabbit as the prey of choice. But, it can go after other small mammals for food. The Golden Eagle can also be seen attacking large mammals or fighting off a coyote for its food. To learn more about the Golden Eagle visit All About Birds. The video below also shows the Golden Eagle in action.

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