Golden eagle

INTRODUCTION

This is the mostly widely distributed and numerous of all large eagles in the northern hemisphere. A pair used to breed in the Lake District, and occasionally we are visited by wandering golden eagles.

Despite their relatively slow reproduction rate; two eggs per year, with only 20% of 2nd chicks surviving to fledge, they are doing well in areas where you might expect to find them. They do not migrate and fledglings often set up home close to their parents’ territory.

We have two golden eagles here; both were hatched in the late 1980’s. I have been lucky enough to see a trained golden eagle used to pursue prey. This is a branch of falconry.

Falconry is an ancient field sport, in which trained birds of prey are encouraged to chase and catch wild prey in the countryside. To find out more, please just ask a member of staff.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Aquila chrysaetos

Status:

Least concern

Size:

up to 234mm wingspan

Weight:

3600g to 5100g

Life Span in Wild:

30yrs

Habitat:

Mountainous, treeless countryside

Diet:

carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

A wide variety of mammals and birds mostly caught on the ground

Where Do I Live?

Northern hemisphere of old and new worlds

How Do I Live?

diurnal

Why Am I Endangered?

Although there is strong suggestion that Golden Eagles are still being persecuted in Scotland with 41 eagles disappearing over a 10 year period. To date there have been no prosecutions to back this up

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