Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
A large, dark brown eagle with lighter tawny yellow or rufous pink feathers on the back of the head, nape and "shoulders" which gives rise to the name "Golden" Eagle.
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
As with many birds of prey, the female is much larger than the male. She has similar plumage, but juveniles are uniformly dark brown without the "golden" or pink lighter areas; juveniles also have white on their upper tails.
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagles eat large mammals (rabbits, squirrels, foxes, cats, even deer and goats) and large birds (pigeons, gulls, ducks and even geese/swans).
Golden Eagle in flight
Golden Eagle in flight
They soar on thermals and seek out prey with their excellent eyesight. The wingspan is 6-7 feet.
Golden Eagle in flight
Golden Eagle in flight
Golden Eagle in flight
Golden Eagle The distinctive lighter "shoulder"
The golden back of the head The "golden" back of the head
Golden Eagle in flight Flies with beak partially open, at least for strenuous low altitude