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    Golden Eagle

    Aquila chrysaetos

    Information

    The “King of the Skies” reaches a wingspan of up to 2.2 metres. The Golden Eagle is the only large predator in Switzerland to have survived the days of ruthless persecution during which the Bearded Vulture, the lynx, the wolf and the brown bear were exterminated. Meanwhile, the population of the Golden Eagle has recovered and is now almost saturated in the Alps. Due to the large number of unpaired single Golden Eagles, territorial pairs are repeatedly involved in disputes. They are therefore regularly absent from the eyrie, which reduces breeding success.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    scarcely breeding resident
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    320 - 340 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    resident
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    75-88
    wing span (cm)
    190-225
    Weight (g)
    2850-6700
    Nest site
    crevices, trees
    Food
    mammals, birds, carcasses
    Group
    Hawks, Vultures and Eagles
    Habitat
    alpine habitats
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution