The Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle

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A majestic and awe-inspiring bird, the golden eagle flies throughout the northern hemisphere and is one of the largest birds of prey in North America. Among ornithologists and other scientists today, the species attracts great interest and extensive research. The golden eagle has also captured the imaginations of everyday people throughout history, playing various symbolic roles and appearing in the folklore of societies around the globe. 

This all-encompassing book presents full current information on the biology and ecology of golden eagles. It includes both original research by raptor expert Jeff Watson and a synthesis of the findings of an array of international scientists. Chapters on such further topics as the cultural importance of golden eagles, conservation issues, and predation on livestock, along with more than 70 superb depictions of the raptors and their landscapes, combine to make this volume the definitive account of the golden eagle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300170191
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

The late Jeff Watson was director of operations in Scottish Natural Heritage and a world authority on the conservation of the golden eagle. He was a leader in Scotland's internationally important Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation programs and a proponent of major legislation that set new conservation standards across Europe.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

List of Tables xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

1. Introduction 1

2. The Golden Eagle 8

3. World Range 20

4. The Scottish Highlands-Golden Eagle Country 32

5. Hunting Behaviour 47

6. Food 56

7. Nest sites 74

8. Ranging Behaviour 89

9. Nest Spacing and Density 101

10. Population Estimates and Trends 119

11. The Pre-breeding Season 128

12. The Breeding Cycle-Eggs and Incubation 138

13. The Breeding Cycle-Nestling Period 148

14. The Post-fledging Period and Independence 164

15. Breeding Performance 173

16. Moult 194

17. Movements and Migration 203

18. Mortality 216

19. Threats 227

20. Conservation 247

21. History and Tradition 257

22. Further Research 265

Appendix 1: The Genus Aquila Distribution and Ecology 269

Appendix 2: The Shaping of the Highland Landscape 278

Appendix 3: Dietary Breadth 282

Appendix 4: Assessment of Food Supply 283

Appendix 5: Nearest-neighbour Distance and Density 285

Appendix 6: Scientific Names of Animals and Plants 287

Bibliography 291

Tables 1-73 313

Index 365

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