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Golden Eagle

Scientific name: Aquila chrysaetos

A very large predator with a variety of exceptional hunting skills, the Golden Eagle primarily hunts mammals, in contrast to the Bald Eagle which is primarily a fish eater. Occasionally, Golden Eagles have captured prey as large as coyotes or pronghorn.

Golden Eagles are known to engage in what is described as play, where a bird will carry an object high into the air, drop it, and then swoop down to catch it again. Unlike some other raptors, if a human approaches a Golden Eagle nest, the eagles are more likely to fly away than attack.