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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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