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.
They prefer hilly or mountainous country with drier open range.
They hunt small rodents and other mammals, often in pairs. They circle and soar with little flapping
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