Bald eagles are more common in Missouri than golden eagles. Golden eagles are more common in western states but that are actually rare in Missouri. The golden eagle are the largest of the eagles, it can grown up to 85 inches wide and 35 inches long. The bald eagle only gets 80 inches wide and 32 inches long. Eagles are the largest raptors in Missouri. Eagles are mostly seen in the winter months and they are very powerful, in fact they can take down very large animals including other eagles. Eagles have eight times better eye sight of any other living creature.
Bald eagles have larger beaks than golden eagles but the golden eagle has larger tails and wings than the bald eagle. The scientific names for the bald eagle is Haliaeetus Leucocephalus and the golden eagle's scientific name is Aquila Chrysaetos. The bald eagle's diet is about 50-90 percent fish, at about 10-50 percent waterfowl and other birds. Mammals such as rabbits, muskrat, foxes and weasels make up about 4-5 percent, and invertebrates such as crabs, crawfish and clams make up about 1 percent of their diet.
Bald eagle's get up to about 8-15 pounds and they like to live around large lakes, rivers and waterfowl areas. Golden eagles get up to about 7-14 pounds. They like to live in woodlands, river bottoms, prairies and water fowl areas. The golden eagle's diet is mammals such as cottontail and jack rabbits, weasels, cats, dogs, coyotes, foxes, opossum, raccoon, Porcupines, skunks, full grown deer, and even antelope, this makes up about 70-80 percent of their diet. They eat birds such as geese, ducks, swan, crow, great blue herons, great horned owls etc.
Eagles have even been known to take little kids, they like to add to their nests every year. There was an eagle nest found in Florida and it was 20 feet deep and 9.5 feet wide! Listen to their calls and watch them fly, they are marvelous!