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Golden Eagle

Irish: Iolar Fíréan
Latin: Aquila chrysaetos

Description:
Large soaring and gliding bird with 190-225cm (6ft) wingspan. The plumage is mostly dark brown with a yellowish-brown (golden) neck and head. Immature eagles have varying amounts of white on upper and lower wings and the base of the tail, decreasing until adult plumage is gained after 4-5 years.

Habitat:
Typically found in mountains, hunting in wide open landscapes with short vegetation and restricted tree cover. Also found along remote coastal plains.

Food:
Its main food preference across its range is medium sized mammals such as hares and Rabbits and a variety of birds including seabirds. Carrion including dead sheep and deer can also be an important part of the diet especially in winter.

Breeding:
Golden Eagles only start to breed at 4-5 years of age. Their home range or territory may contain 3-8 alternative eyries. Large stick nest built on cliffs, crags or in trees. Two egg clutch laid in mid March and hatch after 42-44 days in early May. Young leave the nest after 65-75 days.

Status:
Became extinct in Ireland in 1912. One pair bred in County Antrim 1953-1959. Reintroduced to County Donegal in 2001 and as a result bred unsuccessfully in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 a wild young eagle fledged from an eyrie in Glenveagh National Park.