What kind of bird is a golden eagle? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of bird is a golden eagle? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. The golden eagle is a very large bird that is also a predator. Due to its large body, it can expand its wings to an astonishing size. A summary of the characteristics and ecology of large birds.

What is a golden eagle? About basic status

The golden eagle is a bird classified in the order Accipitridae and the genus Accipitridae. The scientific name is Aquila chrysaetos, and the kanji is dog eagle. The body length is 75-95cm and the weight is 3-5kg. A list of basic information is below. Currently, eagles can be seen distributed all over the world and in Japan in the northern hemisphere. It is very large when it spreads its wings.

English(英名)Golden eagle
scientific name(学名)Aquila chrysaetos
classification(分類)Ave、Accipitriformes、 Accipitridae、Aquila
Length(体長)75 – 95cm
Weight(体重)3 – 5kg

About classification

The following subspecies of golden eagles exist:

  • Aquila chrysaetos chrysaetos
  • Aquila chrysaetos daphanea
  • Aquila chrysaetos himeyeri 
  • Aquila chrysaetos japonica
  • Aquila chrysaetos kamtschatica

About habitat

Golden eagles are distributed over a fairly wide area, including Eurasia, Africa, North America, Japan (Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, etc.), China, and Mexico.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The golden eagle is black or dark brown, and the feathers on the back of its head are shiny yellow. The feathers covering the base of the tail feathers are light brown. Young birds have a light brown vertical stripe running from the back of the head to the back of the neck. Their main habitat is forests and grasslands, where they are constantly searching for prey. When it spots prey from above, it purses its wings and swoops down to grab it, so the prey is eaten before it is noticed. They live in pairs in the mountains, so they are often observed.

What is the ecology like?

The golden eagle’s diet consists of mammals such as hares, birds of prey, reptiles such as snakes, and animal carcasses. The reproductive form is oviparous. They lay eggs by building nests in trees. Because nesting sites are limited, they often use the same nest every year, and the incubation period is about two months. The lifespan is said to be 20 to 25 years.

Is the golden eagle an endangered species?

The golden eagle is not an endangered species. Instead, it is listed in the Washington Convention, so it is restricted in international trade. As eagles and black-tailed hawks decline, their populations become widely protected. Nature conservation research and activities are becoming more active.

Can you keep a golden eagle as a pet?

Can you keep a golden eagle as a pet? It is not impossible to keep one, but there are many cases where permission is required. This is because they sometimes attack people and livestock, and they prey on them. It’s not easy at all, so I don’t recommend it to the general public. We recommend viewing it through information about events such as zoos.


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