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Bald eagle vs. Golden eagle - a side-by-side comparison
|Characteristic||Bald eagle||Golden eagle|
|Primary nest site||Trees 30' - 60' (10' - 100')||Cliffs|
|Secondary nest site||NA||Trees 10' - 100' in height|
|Nest material||Large sticks, lined with fine materials||Sticks, brush, leaves|
|Nest builder(s)||Male and female||Male and female|
|Egg coloration/size||Bluish-white, nest-stained; 3"||Cream marked with brown; 2.9"|
|Number of eggs||2 (1 - 3)||Usually 2 (1 - 4)|
|Pair type||Monogamous (?)||Monogamous|
|Incubator(s)||Male and female||Mostly female; some male|
|Incubation time||34 - 36 days||43 - 45 days|
|Growth stage at hatching||Semialtricial I||Semialtricial I|
|Fledging time||70 - 98 days||66 - 75 days|
|Feeder(s)||Male and female||Male and female|
|Diet||Fish; also birds, small mammals, carrion||Mammals; also birds, reptiles, insects|
|Hunting technique(s)||Perching, low patrol, and swoops||Soaring and swoops|
Source: The Birder's Handbook - A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds, Paul Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin, and Darryl Wheye, Simon and Shuster, New York, 1988.
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