American Golden Eagle

Golden eagles are the most widely distributed of all eagles. They are found in Eurasia, North America and Africa. In North America they are found primarily in western areas: Alaska, Western Canada and the U.S. as far south as central Mexico. They are seen occasionally in all provinces. The world-wide population is estimated at 170 000 to 250 000.

They are dark brown in colour with paler golden hues on the back of the head and neck. Golden eagles are often confused with young bald eagles who have not yet attained their white head. They can reach a weight of 4 – 6 kilograms (9 – 14 pounds).

Golden Eagles are hunter of small animals but will also eat birds, reptiles and occasionally carrion. They hunt in the daylight hours.

American Golden Eagle @ Safari Niagara

  • There are four Golden Eagles living at Safari Niagara. Three of them are named Tyke, Tina and Clipper. The young one has yet to be given a name.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Aquila
Species: Aquila Chrysaetor

Did you know?

  • In the wild golden eagles can live 20 to 30 years.
  • They mate for life.
  • Golden eagles have long been kept in captivity for the sport of falconry.