There are many different kinds of eagles soaring through the sky, and golden eagles are one of them. Come learn about how they got their name, where they are found, how big they can get and some other neat facts about these birds.
What is a Golden Eagle?
Looking up in the sky, you see a large bird with long wings. As it gets closer, you notice that it has lighter feathers on its head, sharp claws and a pointy beak. It seems to be floating and gliding in the air, maybe looking for a snack.
You are watching a golden eagle!
Golden eagles are large brown birds with lighter, golden feathers on their head and neck. They are the biggest bird of prey in North America and can grow to be more than three feet long and seven and a half feet wide from wing tip to wing tip. That is wider than a typical minivan!
Golden eagles got their name because the feathers on their head and neck are a lighter, golden color than the rest of their body. They are also one of only a few birds that have feathers that cover their legs, down to their feet, like fluffy leg warmers!