Golden Eagle
Temporal range: 16.3–0 Ma Barstovian to Present
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Superorder: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Aquilinae
Genus: Aquila
Species: A. chrysaetos
Binomial name
Aquila chrysaetos
Linnaeus, 1758

Other names


Golden Eagles are large birds of prey that are dominantly dark brown in colour.

Similar species

Golden Eagles are often confused with the Common Buzzard which has been nicknamed the "Tourist Eagle"[2][3].



Golden Eagles have a wide diet feeding off rodents, rabbits, hares, but also birds, especially game birds as well as reptiles and carrion[4].




They are found mainly in the Northen Hemisphere but there is a subspecies, Aquila chrysaetos japonica, which is found in Japan and Korea.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). "Aquila chrysaetos". 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Molly McGinnis (April 2005). "Totem Animals in Swallows & Amazons: Built by Buzzards". Built by Buzzards. Signals from TARSUS. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Paul Frost (2000–2010). "Common Buzzard". Paul D. Frost. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Golden Eagle". Peregrine Fund. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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