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The golden eagle is a very large, dark brown raptor with broad wings, ranging from 66 to 102 cm (26 to 40 in) in length and from 1. ... Read more 8 to 2. 34 m (5 ft 11 in to 7 ft 8 in) in wingspan. This species' wingspan is the fifth largest amongst extant eagle species. In the largest race (A. c. daphanea) males and females weigh typically 4. 05 kg (8. 9 lb) and 6. 35 kg (14. 0 lb). In the smallest subspecies, A. c. japonica, males weigh 2. 5 kg (5. 5 lb) and females 3. 25 kg (7. 2 lb). In the species overall, males may average around 3. 6 kg (7. 9 lb) and females around 5. 1 kg (11 lb). The maximum size of this species is a matter of some debate. Large races are the heaviest representatives of the Aquila genus and this species is on average the seventh-heaviest living eagle species. The golden eagle ranks as the second heaviest breeding eagle in North America, Europe and Africa but the fourth heaviest in Asia. For some time, the largest known mass authenticated for a wild female was the specimen from the nominate race which weighed around 6. 7 kg (15 lb) and spanned 2. 55 m (8 ft 4 in) across the wings. American golden eagles are typically somewhat smaller than the large Eurasian races, but a massive female that was banded and released in 2006 around Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest became the heaviest wild golden eagle on record, at 7. 7 kg (17 lb). No comprehensive range of weights are known for the largest subspecies (A. c. daphanea). Captive birds have been measured up to a wingspan of 2. 81 m (9 ft 3 in) and a mass of 12. 1 kg (27 lb) (the latter figure was for an eagle bred for the purposes of falconry which tend to be unnaturally heavy), respectively. The standard measurements of the species include a wing chord length of 52–72 cm (20–28 in), a tail length of 26. 5–38 cm (10. 4–15. 0 in) and a tarsus length of 9. 4–12. 2 cm (3. 7–4. 8 in). The culmen reportedly averages around 4. 5 cm (1. 8 in), with a range of 3. 6 to 5 cm (1. 4 to 2. 0 in) and the bill length from the gape measures around 6 cm (2. 4 in). The long, straight and powerful hallux-claw (or hind claw, the equivalent to the big toe) can range from 4. 5 to 6. 34 cm (1. 77 to 2. 50 in), being about one centimeter more than the hallux-claw of a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and a little more than one cm less than a harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja). The sexes are similar in plumage but are considerably dimorphic in size. Females are rather larger than males with the differences increasing as the body size increases across the races. The large Himalayan golden eagles females are about 37% heavier and nearly 9% longer in wing length than the males of the race compared with the small Japanese golden eagles where females are a relatively modest 26% heavier and around 6% longer in wing length than males.

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