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Golden Eagle

"Midas"

Midas joined us in January 2017. He has settled into the team well and has a lovely nature. He is only a baby (born May 2016), as the large eagles can take up to 6 years to mature and hopefully live until they are around 60 years old in captivity. This means we take everything very slowly when introducing him to new things as the first few years of training are the most important.  

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GOLDEN EAGLE FACTS

Aquila chrysaetos

  

TERRITORY/LOCATION

There are golden eagle territories in and around most of Scotland’s upland forests. Keep your eyes on the sky in Argyll, Galloway, and Glenmore Forest Parks, on Mull and Skye, and in Glen Affric. The golden eagle's world range spreads through the Palaearctic region including mountainous parts of Europe as far south as northern Africa and south-east Asia. It also occurs in North America

HABITAT

Golden eagles are fairly adaptable in habitat but often reside in areas with a few shared ecological characteristics. They are best suited to hunting in open or semi-open areas and search them out year-around. Native vegetation seems to be attractive to them and they typically avoid developed areas of any type from urban to agricultural as well as heavily forested regions.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Golden eagles use their agility and speed combined with powerful feet and massive, sharp talons to snatch up a variety of prey mainly hares, rabbits, marmots and other ground squirrels.

SIZE/WEIGHT

66 - 102cm in length and  180 – 234cm wingspan males may average around 360 g and females around 510g

NESTING

Most breeding activities take place in the spring; they are monogamous and may remain together for several years or possibly for life laying 1-4 eggs.

  

LIFE EXPECTANCY

10-17 years old average in the wild

32 years oldest recorded in the wild

46 years oldest recorded in captivity

SCIENTIFIC

CLASSIFICATION

KINGDOM

Animalia

PHYLUM

Chordata

CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Accipitriformes

FAMILY

Accipitridae

GENUS

Buteoninae

SPECIES

A. chrysaetos

DID YOU KNOW?

The final adult plumage is not fully attained until the birds are between 5 and a half and 6 and a half years old.

A typical, unhurried soaring speed in golden eagles is 28–32 mph, When hunting or displaying its capable of very fast gliding, attaining speeds of up to 120 mph, When diving (or stooping) in the direction of prey or during territorial displays, the eagle holds its wings tight and partially closed against its body and the legs up against its tail. In a full stoop, a golden eagle can reach speeds of up to 150-200 mph when diving after prey.

The British Bird Of Prey Centre

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