Golden Eagle – "Midas"
Size: The Golden Eagle is a very large raptor. It ranges in size between 28-33 inches in length and can have a wingspan just over 7 feet. It can weigh 6.5-13.5 lbs.
Diet: Golden Eagles prey mainly on small to medium-sized mammals such as prairie dogs and rabbits but also rely on other birds and carrion for food.
Lifespan: If a juvenile survives the first year, it can live to be 30-38 years old in the wild. In captivity, these eagles can live to almost 50!
Reproduction: Golden Eagles usually nest on cliff ledges or high trees. They make their bowl-shaped nests out of sticks. An average clutch ranges from 1-3 eggs, and incubation lasts 43-45 days. After about 66 days, the young are ready to fledge.
Did You Know?
- The Golden Eagle is the national emblem of Mexico and can be seen on the Mexican flag.
- Golden Eagles and juvenile Bald Eagles are often mistaken for one another due to their similar plumage.
- The golden patch of feathers on the back of a Golden Eagle’s head and neck is the easiest way to distinguish between the two.