Name: Golden Eagle
Scientific name: Aquila chrysaetos
Nature Stars: 90
About: The Golden Eagle is the top predator in the Scottish countryside, a massive bird of prey that mainly hunts Mountain Hare but will also catch foxes, young deer and large birds including grouse. They have large home territories, nesting on rocky cliff faces
How to identify: A massive bird of prey, with longer wings and a longer tail than the rarer White-tailed Eagle. Adults are mainly dark brown, with a golden head. Young birds have white patches in their wings and a white base to the tail.
Where: A rare bird of the mountains and moorlands of Scotland.
Fantastic fact: The Golden Eagle is the national bird of Germany, Austria, Mexico and Kazakhstan!
Photograph credit: Stewart McDonald