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Featured Article: Golden Eagle
Probably Adult Photo © by Gradimir
Probably Adult
Photo © by Gradimir

[edit] Identification

A very large eagle where birds in northern Europe are about 80-93 cm (31-37") in length, wingspan of 190 to 210 cm (75-83"); birds in the US and southern Europe are smaller. Females are larger than males.
Adult: body is dark brown with a golden wash across crown and nape (in some birds golden may be replaced by light reddish). Underwing coverts like the body while upperwing greater and middle coverts are washed pale. Flight feathers and tail feathers grey with some dark barring and with broad, terminal black band. Legs covered with feathers but toes are yellow as is the base of the bill.

[edit] Breeding

North America, Europe, northern Asia and North Africa. The most numerous and widespread Aquila eagle.

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