The majestic Golden Eagle is not as wide-spread as the better known Bald Eagle, at least in the United States. It is, however, found in Europe and Asia.

The Bent Life History Series has this to say about the Golden Eagle.

Golden Eagle. © Glenn Bartley

“This magnificent eagle has long been named the King of Birds, and it well deserves the title. It is majestic in flight, regal in appearance, dignified in manner, and crowned with a shower of golden hackles about its royal head. When falconry flourished in Europe the golden eagle was flown only by kings. Its hunting is like that of the noble falcons, clean, spirited, and dashing. It is a far nobler bird in every way than the bald eagle and might well have been chosen as our national emblem. But then the golden eagle is not a strictly American bird, as the bald eagle is.”

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