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)
      350 - 360 (2013-2016)
      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