Aquila chrysaetos - Golden eagle:

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Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Accipitridae / Aquila / Species

This section is currently predominantly used in Wildpro to link different data types and demonstrate inter-relationships. Although it identifies that taxonomic interrelationships of species (see "header") it does not currently contain detailed information on the bird species itself. As WILDPro is developed, we will gradually convert these pages into full Species pages.

The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

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Distribution Holarctic, northern Mexico; winters to north Africa, central Mexico (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Mountains, open plains; in Scandinavia, mainly forest." (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - "Mammals (especially rabbits and hares) and birds (especially grouse), taken on ground after striking with talons; also carrion. Locally, birds are the major prey" (B163)
  • feeding behaviour - High patrol


  • location and structure - platform nest on cliff or in coniferous tree, sometimes shrub
  • nest building - female more than male
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 2 (1-3)
  • broods - 1 brood
  • incubation - by female more than male; 43-45 days


  • development - semi-altricial, downy, eyes open at hatching
  • parental caring for young - by male and female

(B163, B164)

Organisations (UK Contacts):

Electronic Library (further reading):

General Legislation:

  • This species is listed on Schedule 1 - Part I (Birds protected by special penalties: Notes on the revised schedules state "Birds protected by special penalties at all times") of the LUK2 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of the United Kingdom. (W5.Oct01)
  • This species is listed on Schedule 4 (Birds which must be registered and ringed if kept in captivity: Notes on the revised schedules state "Any bird, one of whose parents or other lineal ancestor was a bird of a kind specified in the above list") of the LUK2 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of the United Kingdom. (W5.Oct01)

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