Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos
February 2011

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Golden Eagle

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TAXONOMY & HISTORY
(Ericson et al. 2006) (Gaff & Boles 2010) (Hackett et al. 2008) (Harshman 2008) (Johnsgard 1990) (Kochert et al 2002) (Lerner & Mindell 2005)

Describer (Date): Linnaeus, 1758

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Aves
             Order: Falconiformes (note: Accipitriformes has been proposed as a new order for hawks, eagles, vultures, osprey, secretary bird)
                    Family: Accipitridae (eagles and hawks)
                          Subfamily: Aquilinae (booted eagles, hawk eagles)
                              Genus: Aquila
                                  Species: Aquila chrysaetos
                                        Subspecies Aquila chrysaetos canadensis (only subspecies in North America)
                                        Subspecies Aquila chrysaetos chrysaetos (Europe and Asia)
                                        Subspecies Aquila chrysaetos kamtschatica (northeast Asia - a possible subspecies)
                                        Subspecies Aquila chrysaetos homeyen (Spain, North Africa)
                                        Subspecies Aquila chrysaetos daphanea (Iran to central China)
                                        Subspecies Aquila chrysaetos japonica (Korea and Japan)



Taxonomic History

Evolutionary History  Cultural History 

DISTRIBUTION & HABITAT
(Johnsgard 1990) (McIntyre et al. 2008) (Thiollay 1994)

Distribution (Thiollay 1994) Habitat: (Thiollay 1994)

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
(Bedrosian et al. 2008) (Brown & Amadon 1968) (Edwards & Kochert 1986) (Johnsgard 1990) (Thiollay 1994) (Watson 1997)


Body Weight: Male 2.8 -4.6 kg (6-10 lb); Female 3.6-6.7 kg (8-15 lb)
Body Length: 75-90 cm (2.5 - 3 ft)
Wingspan: 190-227 cm (6.2 - 7.5 ft)

General 

Sexual Dimorphism Other Physical Characteristics (Johnsgard 1990) (Thiollay 1994)

BEHAVIOR & ECOLOGY
(Beecham & Kochert 1975) (Bergo 1987) (Collopy & Edwards 1989) (Ellis 1979) (Johnsgard 1990) (Kochert et al. 2002) (MyIntyre et al. 2008) (Palmer 1988) (Phillips et al. 1984) (Watson 1997)

General: (Kochert et al. 2002) Activity Cycle (Kochert et al. 2002) Territory/Range Size Territorial Behavior Aggression Communication

      Displays       Vocalizations (Kochert et al. 2002) Locomotion (Kochert et al. 2002) (Brown and Amadon 1968) Dispersal and Migration Interspecies Interaction

DIET & FEEDING
(del Hoyo et al. 1994) (Mason 2000) (Olendorff 1976) (Watson 1997)


REPRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
(Baicich & Harrison 1997) (Collopy 1984) (Gordon 1968) (Hunt 2002) (Kochert et al. 2002) (Millar 2002) (Nemeth et al. 2006) (Palmer 1988) (Watson 1997)

Courtship (Kochert et al. 2002) Nesting (Watson 1997) Egg Laying Eggs       Nestlings (Collopy 1984)        Young       Adults Longevity Mortality

DISEASES AND PATHOLOGY
(Arent 2007) (Beecham & Kochert 1975) (Gale 1971) (Mikaelian et al. 1998) (Redig 1993) (Shrubsole-Cockwill et al. 2010) (Stauber et al. 2010)


MANAGED CARE
(Arent 2007) (Garcelon & Bogue 1977) (Palmer 1988)


POPULATION AND CONSERVATION STATUS
(Avery & Watson 2009) (Bell 2001) (Eaton et al. 2007) (Good et al. 2007) (Palmer 1988) (Stauber et al 2010) (USFWS 2002)

Population Status Conservation Threats to survival
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