New York Natural Heritage Program
Golden Eagle
Aquila chrysaetos (Linnaeus, 1758)

New York State Distribution [-]
Formerly in New York, this species' range consisted of one small breeding population (approximately 6 sites) in the central Adirondacks. One mountain in Dutchess County has been consistently occupied by 1-4 wintering eagles since the early 1970s (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fiiles). As opposed to the first Breeding Bird Atlas when all Golden Eagle records were concentrated around the last known nest in Hamilton County (Andrle and Carroll 1988), 9 breeding season records during Atlas 2000 were scattered throughout the Adirondacks, with 2 sightings also in Allegany County and 1 in Madison County (McGowan and Corwin 2008). In all likelihood, these are juvenile and/or non-breeding adults (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation files).

Global Distribution [-]
Holarctic; breeds in mountainous areas throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa from 20-70 degrees north latitude. In North America, this is primarily a western species breeding from Alaska south to Mexico with a discontinuous breeding population estimated at about 100 pairs (Robert 1996) in northern Quebec along Hudson Bay and on the Gaspe Peninsula. Formerly, a small disjunct breeding population occupied the northern Appalachians (Adirondacks, Maine, New Hampshire). Southern populations are sedentary while northern populations migrate south to winter. Individuals from the Quebec population migrate down the Appalachian chain, spending the winter in the central and southern Appalachians (Brodeur et al. 1996; Kochert et al. 2002).
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