golden eagle


Definition of golden eagle

: 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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Take a morning birdwatching walk to spot more than 200 species, including golden eagles; lazy cows roaming the shores of pristine Laig Bay; and the ubiquitous chicken pecking for crumbs. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Visit a wild and beautiful Scottish island owned by its residents," 26 Apr. 2019 At the Center, Cook leads his visitors to the room where several of the Center’s five bald and golden Eagle Ambassadors are on display, living proof of why so many are captivated by these birds that at one time were threatened with extinction. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "He has a real eagle eye — Wabasha man’s collection is the largest in the country," 29 June 2019 The last time a nest with young golden eagles was seen occurred in the late 1980s in Lobo Canyon in the central Santa Monica Mountains range, the National Park Service reported. Steve Scauzillo, The Mercury News, "A 30-year first: Golden eagle chicks found thriving in a nest in Santa Monica Mountains," 27 June 2019 The golden eagle, a cousin of the bald eagle, is one of the largest birds in North America. Alexa Díaz,, "Rare golden eagle nest found in Santa Monica Mountains for first time in 30 years," 26 June 2019 Other studies on allegedly healthy golden eagles have shown alarming numbers. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This lead-poisoned eagle miraculously recovered. Most aren’t so lucky," 26 June 2019 The preserve is home to numerous habitats, including the golden eagle. Ramona Sentinel, "Supervisors expand grasslands preserve," 13 June 2019 Red deer and golden eagles inhabit steep valleys in the imposing Cuillin Hills, while travelers can take in breathtaking views from the sheer cliffs of the Quiraing. Sarah Christensen, National Geographic, "Scotland: Land of Legends," 31 May 2019 Master falconer Morley Nelson, holding his golden eagle Clyde, and his wife Betty Anne, holding a prairie falcon, came to Idaho in 1948. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Birds of Prey gets a rare addition and a multimillion-dollar expansion | Idaho Statesman," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of golden eagle

1809, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of golden eagle

: 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

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