• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Ave
  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Aquila
  • Species: Aquila chrysaetos
  • This eagle is most likely to be seen in western North America, soaring on steady wings while scanning for food below.
  • Golden Eagles prey mainly on small to medium-sized mammals, including hares, rabbits, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and marmots. Black-tailed jackrabbits are a key prey species throughout much of their range.
  • They live in open country featuring native vegetation and will avoid developed areas and uninterrupted stretches of forest. They are found primarily in mountains up to 12,000 feet,
    canyonlands, rimrock terrain, and riverside cliffs and bluffs.