Generally found in the
western half of of the U.S. (although it is an uncommon resident of the East),
the Golden Eagle is a hunter of wide open prairies. They are also found in
much of Europe and Asia. Golden Eagles are generally solitary birds, and
are not often found in the large groups that Bald
Eagles are sometimes found.
Habitat: Open country,
including prairie, rangeland, desert, or tundra.
Diet: Primarily small mammals.
Occasionally will take larger pray such as young deer or pronghorn. Also
will occasionally feed on birds, snakes, lizards, and carrion.
Behavior: Will look for prey while soaring, while
observing from a perch, or by swooping low over the ground. Paris will
sometimes cooperatively hunt. Pairs may also mate for life.
Nesting: March through June
Song: Generally silent. Occasional yelp around
Migration: Birds in northern part of their range
(northern half of Canada, and Alaska) move south in the fall. Many birds
in the western U.S. are permanent residents.
Similar Species: Bald Eagle
Conservation Status: Currently stable, although numbers are
lower than historical levels (especially in the Eastern U.S.)
South Dakota "Hotspot": They are very often found
on the Fort Pierre National Grasslands, especially in winter and migration.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Golden Eagle"
eNature.com: Golden Eagle
Photo Information: February 1st, 2005 -- Lyman
County near Lyman -- Terry L. Sohl
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