Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

A huge bird of prey, with only the white-tailed eagle larger in the UK.

With its long broad wings and longish tail, it has a different outline to the smaller buzzard. It likes to soar and glide on air currents, holding its wings in a shallow ‘V’. Eagles have traditional territories and nesting places which may be used by generations. They have been illegally killed in the past and are still occasionally poisoned, or have their nests robbed.

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Nests – also known as eyries – are usually located on remote and inaccessible crags and cliffs, well away from human disturbance. They are sometimes also found in trees. Some nests are used for many years and become very large as they are built up year after year.

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Where to see

Found in the Highlands and remote areas of the North of Scotland, Golden Eagles can be seen over moorlands and mountians.

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When to see

Can be seen all year round, however, their displays can be seen from winter into early spring. 

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

Nests – also known as eyries – are usually located on remote and inaccessible crags and cliffs, well away from human disturbance. They are sometimes also found in trees. Some nests are used for many years and become very large as they are built up year after year.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Found in the Highlands and remote areas of the North of Scotland, Golden Eagles can be seen over moorlands and mountians.

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

Can be seen all year round, however, their displays can be seen from winter into early spring. 

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

Nests – also known as eyries – are usually located on remote and inaccessible crags and cliffs, well away from human disturbance. They are sometimes also found in trees. Some nests are used for many years and become very large as they are built up year after year.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Found in the Highlands and remote areas of the North of Scotland, Golden Eagles can be seen over moorlands and mountians.

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

Can be seen all year round, however, their displays can be seen from winter into early spring. 

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