Scientific Name: Aquila chrysaetos Wingspan/Size: 6-1/2’/32”

How to identify them:

Adults and immatures both have dark brown bodies and golden neck feathers at close range. The legs are feathered to the toes. the immatures have a distinctive white tail band and white wing patches obvious in flight.

Where to find them in Oregon:

Mountain ranges throughout the state.

Preferred Habitat:

They prefer hilly or mountainous country with drier open range.

General Behavior:

They hunt small rodents and other mammals, often in pairs. They circle and soar with little flapping

Nesting Behavior:

Remote and almost inaccessible cliff ledges. A huge structure of sticks on ledges or trees. Eggs; 2-3 whitish, spotted and blotched with brown.


Hoffmann, Ralph, Birds of the Pacific States, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927, p 73

Robbins, Chandler S.; Bruun, Bertell; Zim, Herbert S.; A Guide to Field Identification Birds of North America, New York, Golden Press: 1966, p 76

Baron, Nancy; Acorn, John, Birds of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Renton, Washington, Lone Pine Publishing 1997, p 128