Golden Eagle – Anasazi

Name: Anasazi “Sazi” – Female

Species: Golden Eagle

Liberty Arrival: May 9, 2011/Nestling

Injury/Condition: Imprinted and folding fractures

Anasazi was brought to Liberty Wildlife as a 3-week-old nestling by an Arizona Game and Fish officer. AG&F obtained Sazi from a Lakeside rehabber, who had been told by the person who brought Sazi in, that he found her on his steps and had fed her deer meat. It was obvious that Sazi arrived imprinted and was experiencing breathing difficulties. The x-rays showed that Sazi was suffering from folding fractures to her ribs, right tibia, and left humerus. Such injuries result from a diet that provides inadequate bones in the food. This calcium deficiency did not allow her bones to develop properly, resulting in her weakened bones bending under the weight of her rapid growth. Despite immediate steps to improve her diet, the damage was too extensive for her release.

She is named for the Anasazi, an ancient Native American culture that spanned the present-day Four Corners region of the United States.

Golden Eagle Facts

Description: The golden eagle is one of the largest, fastest, and most nimble raptors in North America. They have dark brown plumage crowned with gold on the back of the head and the nape. Juveniles will have clearly defined white patches at the base of the tail and the back of the wings.

Habitat: Golden eagles prefer to live in open and semi-open country featuring native vegetation across most of the Northern Hemisphere. They are found primarily in mountains up to 12,000 feet, canyonlands, rimrock terrain, and riverside cliffs and bluffs.

Range: Golden eagles are found throughout North America. From Alaska and Canada down south over the Continental US and into Baja California and parts of central Mexico. They are also found in Northern Europe and many parts of Northern Asia

Life span: The oldest known wild-banded golden eagle in North America was almost 31 years. The oldest known captive golden eagle lived to be 46 years old.

Prey: Golden eagles hunt mostly mammals such as rabbits, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, and hares. They will also eat birds such as pheasant, quail, Canada Geese, cranes, and great blue herons.

Nests: These eagles build their nests out of sticks and vegetation, locating them on a cliff or in a tree, or in human-made structures, such as windmills, observation towers, nesting platforms.

Babies: Golden eagles lay 1 – 3 eggs in a clutch. Babies hatch after 41 – 45 days. Youngsters fledge (learn to fly) around 45 – 81 days.