Status in Northern Ireland:
Previously a resident breeder but persecuted to extinction by the early 1900s. Recently reintroduced to the Republic of Ireland (Co. Donegal) where now breeding; expected to breed again in Northern Ireland in the near future. Sub-adults currently seen infrequently.
A very large raptor, adult male and female Golden Eagles have identical plumage which is uniformly dark brown with a golden sheen on the back of the neck and head. Upperparts can sometimes show variable pale mottling. Juveniles are similarly dark but have distinctive white patches in the wings and a white tail with a thick black terminal band. The Golden Eagle is a bird of open country, especially upland moorland, mountains, hills and cliffs. An immensely powerful predator with a generalist diet but especially medium to large mammals, birds and carrion. Builds huge stick
nests in trees, on cliffs and sometimes on the ground. Extremely vulnerable to illegal persecution such as poisoning and shooting.