golden eagle noun
: a very large bird that lives in the northern parts of the world and that is dark brown with yellow feathers on the back of its head and neck
: a dark brown eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) of the northern hemisphere with gold-colored feathers on the back of the head and neck, a gray beak, and yellow legs and feet
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golden eagle noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Dark-brown eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) with golden, leaf-shaped nape feathers, dark eyes, gray beak, fully feathered legs, large yellow feet, and large talons. Its wingspread reaches almost 8 ft (2.3 m). It ranges from central Mexico (where it is the national bird) along the Pacific coast and through the Rocky Mountains to Alaska, and small numbers are found from Newfoundland to North Carolina. Also found in North Africa, it is more common across Russia, to southern China and Japan. It nests in cliff caves or in lone trees. The species is protected in the U.S.
Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).—© Alan and Sandy Carey
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