Golden Eagle – Brienne

Name: Brienne “Brie” – Female

Species: Golden Eagle

Liberty Arrival: December 2018/Juvenile

Injury/Condition: Electrocution

Brienne (Brie) was brought to Liberty Wildlife as an immature first-year eagle having severe wing injuries because of electrocution. She had both nerve and tendon damage, eliminating her ability to fly. Additionally, she was found to have aspergillosis (Valley Fever) which would require periodical blood work to monitor this disease throughout her life. She is now an eagle ambassador for Liberty.

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.