-Although nearly the same size and structure there are some interesting and significant differences between the bald and golden eagles, especially in their coloring, predatory habits and habitat.
– Many cultures revere the eagle as one of the most important of their gods
GOLDEN EAGLE (Aquila chrysaetos)
– The adult golden eagle is dark brown with a golden nape, grey bill and brown iris.
– Their legs are feathered down to the talons.
– Wingspans reach 7 feet.
– Immature eagles in flight reveal white wing patches.
– Habitat in mountains, canyons and open rangeland as they primarily feed on rabbits, rodents and ground squirrels.
BALD EAGLE (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
– Reaching adulthood at five years the bald eagle has a snow white head, neck and tail and a brownish black body.
– He has a deep yellow bill, yellow iris and yellow legs.
– Legs feathered half way down.
– Wingspan 7 to 8 feet.
– Immature eagles are brown mottled whiite.
– Habitat near water as they are primarily fish eaters.
– These symbols of power weigh only 8-10 pounds but strike with twice the force of a rifle bullet.
– The Bald Eagle is the “National” bird of the United States of America.