Ayasha the Golden Eagle
Ayasha is a human habituated bird who was confiscated from an illegal situation. She joined the Mountsberg Raptor Centre in 2012 as an adult, but her exact age is unknown. The fact that she was already in adult plumage when she arrived indicates that she was at least 5 years old at that time.
The Golden Eagle
Favourite snacks: Mammals including rabbits, prairie dogs, ground squirrels and deer, as well as birds such as cranes
Interesting facts: Golden Eagles are powerful birds capable of taking large prey and have been observed catching animals such as mountain goats, coyotes and bobcats. They are very fast and maneuverable for their size and have been recorded diving at 300 km/h – that’s almost as fast as a Peregrine Falcon! The Golden Eagle is the only North American eagle species to have legs feathered all the way down to the toes.