1. Very large hawk with long, wide wings. Entire body and wings is dark brown. Head is farther forward from wings than a vultures. Wings held flat or in a shallow V (unlike high V of vultures).
2. Immature golden eagles have white patches in wings, white stripe at base of tail.
3. Hunts by soaring, then diving on prey. Feeds on rabbits, rodents, & some deer. May eat road-kill deer.
Found in rural mountains, foothills, and adjacent grasslands.
Important predator of rodents.