Sunday 9 June 2013

What Bird Can Knock a Goat Off a Mountaintop?

The golden eagle is powerful enough to knock a goat off a mountaintop.  Here are ten facts about this giant bird of prey.

1.  The golden eagle has on average a 30 year lifespan.

Photo: Golden eagle with a mountain backdrop

2.  It weighs 6 to 15 pounds.

3.  Its wingspan is 6 to 7 1/2 feet.

4.  The golden eagle is North America's largest bird of prey.

5.  It nests in cliffs, trees and telephone poles.

6.  The golden eagle, a monogamous creature, shares a 60 square mile territory with its mate.

7.  The golden eagle is the national bird of Mexico, but it can be found as far north as Alaska and anywhere in between.

Map: Golden eagle range

8.  The female lays one to four eggs which both parents incubate for 40 to 45 days.

9.  The golden eagle dives at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

10.  With its sharp talons this bird of prey snatches up rabbits, marmots, coyotes, foxes and mountain goats.


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