Aquila chrysaetus, Lin.
26. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 55 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 74 ; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 139.
THE GOLDEN EAGLE.
Length, 36 to 40 ; expanse, 95 to 100; wing, 28 ; tail, 17 ; tarsus, 4.25 ; bill at gape, 2.5.
Irides clear orange-brown ; cere and feet yellow.
Adult rich dark umber-brown, glossed with purple on the back and wings ; the feathers of the hind-head and nape lanceolate, pale orange-brown, having a golden appearance in the sunshine; shoulders, thigh-coverts in front, and leg-coverts, with a tinge of the same ; quills blackish-brown, white towards the base on the inner webs, and clouded with greyish-black ; tail nearly square, the centre feathers somewhat elongated and narrowed, greyish-brown, with numerous dark markings and cloudings, or dusky-brown with numerous grey mottlings on the inner web, especially towards the base, almost white on the base in young birds.
The Golden Eagle is very rare, and only occurs within our limits, on the hills that separate Sind from Khelat.