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.
Our Current Residents
Oro - Estimated hatch year - 2000
Oro came to the Zoo in 2006 after being hit by a car. The impact left him with a permanent wing injury.
He can often be seen sitting on the highest perch right in the middle of the exhibit. If not there, especially on hot days, check for him towards the back of his habitat sitting on the rocks.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Ave
- Order: Accipitriformes
- Family: Accipitridae
- Genus: Aquila
- Species: Aquila chrysaetos