Golden eagles can vary in color from light brown to dark brown. Young eagles will have patches of white under their wing joint and a white stripe on their tail. As they age the white will gradually disappear. The feathers on the back of the head and neck will have a golden hue, and this is where they get the common name golden eagle. They are a booted species, which means that feathers grow all the way down their legs.
Like most raptors the female is quite a bit larger than the male, up to 1/3 as much. So their size range can vary from 7-14 lbs and have a wing span between 6ft and 7.5ft. The golden eagles body length can be from 27in to 33in
Golden Eagles will pair up after they reach adulthood at five years old. They are monogamous and it is believed that they say together for life. After refurbishing their nest, which is called and eyrie, they will lay around two eggs, but only one chick will make it to adolescence.
Golden eagles are strictly carnivores. Though they are capable of taking down medium sized mammals like young deer, and even wolves their usual prey are the smaller mammals such as rabbits, and rodents.
When catching prey the Golden Eagle will use its long talons to pierce vital organs, or crush the scull of its smaller prey. The beak is not used as a weapon.
A Golden Eagle head is on the Romainian 500,000 lei banknote
The Golden eagle is the eagle on the Mexican flag
They can dive at speeds of 150 mph
A Golden Eagles can see a rabbit from 2 miles away.
They prefer to attack upwind, because it allows them to increase their speed and maneuverability.