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.
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 Eagles eat large mammals (rabbits, squirrels, foxes, cats, even deer and goats) and large birds (pigeons, gulls, ducks and even geese/swans).
They soar on thermals and seek out prey with their excellent eyesight. The wingspan is 6-7 feet.