More info: The golden eagle is one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout Estonia.
The colour of the golden eagles feathers range from black/brown to dark brown, however, it is the striking golden colour of the head and neck that give the bird its common name.
Golden eagles are extremely swift, expert hunters and can dive upon their quarry at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour and they display amazing maneuverability. Golden eagles have large eyes that take up most of the space of the eagle’s head. Their keen eyes can see clearly and in colour, allowing the eagle to spot movement from a long distance. They often work in pairs while hunting with one eagle driving the prey to its waiting partner.
The prey of a golden eagle includes rabbits, marmots, hares, ground squirrels, mice, and sometimes slow-flying birds, martens, foxes, and even deer. They may also eat carrion if live prey is scarce.