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Merlin Bird ID

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    Golden Eagle Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Golden Eagles are one of the largest birds in North America. The wings are broad like a Red-tailed Hawk's, but longer. At distance, the head is relatively small and the tail is long, projecting farther behind than the head sticks out in front.

      Relative Size

      Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 27.6-33.1 in (70-84 cm)
        • Weight: 105.8-216.1 oz (3000-6125 g)
        • Wingspan: 72.8-86.6 in (185-220 cm)