The golden eagle is the national animal of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan’s national bird is one of the largest, fastest and nimblest raptors in the world. It is a super hunter. This is manifested in its powerful beak and talons. The national bird of Kazakhstan has powerful wings which enables it to soar on great height and also dive to catch rabbits and other small animals. When it comes to protection of its juveniles and prey, the national animal of Kazakhstan is an agile protector. It uses its powerful beak and wings, plus its strong talons to fight off coyotes and bears when they pose a danger to its prey or young ones.
The national animal of Kazakhstan prefers living in a partially or completely open area, most specifically mountainous areas, hilly areas and cliffs. They like living in such habitats as tundra, shrub lands, farmland, and coniferous forest. Their total population is estimated to be around 300,000 (Partners in Flight). The IUCN lists it as least concern species on it Red list of endangered species.
Facts about the National Animal of Kazakhstan
- Common name: golden eagle
- Scientific name: Aquila chrystaetos
- Average weight: female-11 lbs. male- 7.9lbs.
- Average length: 2.3-2.8 ft.
- Lifespan: 30 years
- Incubation period: 40-45 days
- Diet: carnivores
- Habitat: deserts, shrub lands, tundra regions and forests
Kazakhstan’s national animal has lustrous gold feathers covering the back of its head and neck. Its head is relatively smaller with a long projecting tail. Adult ones are dark brown with a golden sheen on the back of the head and neck. This beautiful eagle is actually the national animal symbol of Kazakhstan.
As a proud bird, the golden eagle never feeds on dead animals. It is a symbol of purity to the people of Kazakhstan. For this reason, the bird has been considered to be the national symbol of Kazakhstan.
- “Golden eagle”- All about birds
- “Golden eagle fact sheet”- National geographic
- “National animal of Kazakhstan”-Nationstates.net