Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

  • Post category:PRESERVE

Status: Protected

  • Protected Under the Federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection act and by CDFW1


  • Open mountains, foothills, plains, open country
  • Requires open terrain

Feeding Behavior/Diet

  • Searches for prey by soaring high or by flying low over slopes; also watches for prey from high perches
  • Mostly small mammals. Typically preys on mammals ranging in size from ground squirrels up to prairie-dogs, marmots, jackrabbits birds, some snakes, lizards, large insects.


  • Usually 2 eggs
  • Nest site is most often on cliff ledge, also frequently in large tree, rarely on ground. Sites may be used for many years
  • Incubation is by both parents (female does more), 41-45 days
  • May mate for life2

1 HELIX Environmental Planning Carson Creek Preserve Long Term Management Plan Rev 6/15/2021

2 National Audubon Society