Golden Eagle

Large Bird of Prey

large, powerfully built birds of prey, with heavy heads and beaks

Eagle Info

Eagles' eyes are extremely powerful, having up to 3.6 times human acuity for the martial eagle, which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance.
This keen eyesight is primarily attributed to their extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light. The female of all known species of eagles is larger than the male.

Eagles normally build their nests, called eyries, in tall trees or on high cliffs. Many species lay two eggs, but the older, larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling once it has hatched. The dominant chick tends to be a female, as they are bigger than the male. The parents take no action to stop the killing.

Due to the size and power of many eagle species, they are ranked at the top of the food chain as apex predators in the avian world.

Top 5 Heaviest Eagles

Rank Common name Scientific name Body mass
1 Steller's sea eagle Haliaeetus pelagicus 6.7 kilograms (15lb)
2 Philippine eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi 6.35kg (14lb)
3 Harpy eagle Harpia harpyja 5.95kg (13.1lb)
4 White-tailed eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 4.8kg (11lb)
5 Martial eagle Polemaetus bellicosus 4.6kg (10lb)

Groups of Eagles

Fish eagles
Sea eagles or fish eagles take fish as a large part of their diets, either fresh or as carrion.
Booted eagles
Booted eagles or "true eagles" have feathered tarsi (lower legs).
Snake eagles
Snake or serpent eagles are, as the name suggests, adapted to hunting reptiles.
Harpy eagles
Harpy eagles or "giant forest eagles" are large eagles that inhabit tropical forests.