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Caribou antlers as nest materials for golden eagles in northwestern Alaska

June 16, 2010

There are few published records of antlers in golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) nests. This note reports extensive use of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) antlers in three golden eagle nests in the Cape Kruzenstern region of northwestern Alaska. The importance of antlers to this population of eagles can be explained at least in part by (1) the lack of suitable woody vegetation on the open tundra, (2) the similarity of antlers to sticks, and (3) the abundance of antlers, especially cow caribou antlers, in the region.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1998
Title Caribou antlers as nest materials for golden eagles in northwestern Alaska
Authors D. H. Ellis, R.L. Bunn
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Raptor Research
Index ID 5223497
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center