Golden eagle: one of the BIG FIVE of the Alps
The golden eagle is one of the key alpine residents along with vultures, ibexes, chamois and marmots. Beyond its impressive size, it makes a great contribution to the ecosystem of its 50 to 150 km² territory as a hunter and scavenger. Golden eagle eyries can be found in large trees and on rock faces mostly below hunting grounds, which facilitates easy transportation of the prey to the eyrie. The approx. 40 golden eagle breeding pairs of the High Tauern National Park live in monogamous permanent relationships and always have several eyries at their disposal. The 162 currently known nesting sites are located at altitudes between 1,100 and 2,100 m.