Questions about Eagles (FAQ)

Here are two videos of Martin with Scout our Golden Eagle Wildlife Ambassador. In these videos Martin answers a whole lot of questions about Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles, as well as other frequently asked questions. Please see all questions listed below each video. If you have more, please send them to us at

Scout the Golden Eagle

Scout joined the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah in 2016 when he was approximately 3 years old. Scout was a rescue animal. A rancher in Wyoming was complaining that an eagle was a threat to his livestock. Martin traveled to rescue him before he got shot.

Since 2016, Scout has been both a falconry bird and an educational bird. He goes with Martin to countless educational presentations and also gets to fly free and hunt and be a wild Golden Eagle.

Martin Tyner

Since age twelve, with a bird on his arm, Martin has captivated audiences sharing his knowledge and experience of his wildlife friends.

At age nineteen, Martin was hired as curator of birds of prey at Busch Gardens, CA. He also worked in the movie and television industry training big cats, elephants, primates, sea mammals and raptors.

Martin is a federally licensed falconer, eagle falconer, wildlife rehabilitator, wildlife propagator, and wildlife and environmental educator.

Learn more

To learn more about Martin, please check out his site here.
To learn more about Scout, please check out his playlist here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Asked

  • 0:00-3:24 – About Scout the Golden Eagle
  • 3:24 – Why are they called Golden Eagles?
  • 3:41 – Do you bathe him? Does he bathe?
  • 4:09 – How big are males and females?
  • 4:29 – How much does he eat?
  • 4:50 – Does he lose feathers? What do you do with them?
  • 5:27 – How did you get Scout?
  • 5:57 – What are the differences between male and female?
  • 6:22 – When they mate, do they stay together all the time?
  • 6:49 – What is their lifespan?
  • 7:12 – How long did it take you to establish your relationship with Scout?
  • 9:42 – Do you work with Owls?
  • 10:02 – Does he have problems with feather growth?
  • 11:44 – Why would a bird always have one feather missing?
  • 12:30 – Do Eagles have problems with Ravens?
  • 13:29 – Why doesn’t Martin wear gloves?

Questions Asked

  • 1:00 – Intro & About Scout and Martin
  • 3:07 – Scout in the house
  • 3:50 – What is the largest prey Scout can catch?
  • 4:40 – Is falconry in decline?
  • 6:00 – What does Scout eat?
  • 6:40 – What is it about Golden Eagles that makes them not the best hunters?
  • 7:40 – Why is Scout’s mouth open?
  • 8:10 – Do they have rabies?
  • 8:40 – How old is Scout? How long will he live in captivity vs the wild?
  • 9:00 – What is the wingspan? How much do they eat per day? How fast can they fly?
  • 9:50 – How many eggs do they lay?
  • 10:21 – How many chicks make it to adulthood?
  • 12:01 – What is the difference between Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles?
  • 13:56 – Are Golden Eagles an endangered species?
  • 14:30 – Do you go hunting with Scout?
  • 15:00 – Do you see many eagles’ nest? Do they keep the same one a long time?
  • 16:20 – Have you ever had a Bald Eagle as an ambassador? Is that allowed for someone like you?
  • 18:00 – Why is he named Scout?
  • 21:20 – Are eagles affectionate with their mates?
  • 22:50 – Reintroduction and info about Scout for late arrivers
  • 29:00 – Can you explain how three Bald Eagle nests and one Bald Eagle nest have been discovered to raise a Red Tail Hawk baby?
  • 31:00 – Are male or female eagles more aggressive?
  • 32:10 – Is a Harris Hawk the best beginning bird for falconry?
  • 34:30 – How long did it take for Scout to warm up to you?
  • 36:10 – How much damage can an eagle’s beak do? Does it only cut or does it crush as well?
  • 39:40 – What if you walk by an eagle’s nest without knowing?
  • 42:10 – Has Scout tried to preen you?
  • 44:30 – During cold weather does Scout come inside?
  • 45:35 – Will he ever mate, does he go through hormone shifts?
  • 47:30 – Has Scout ever got into a tussle with another wild animal?
  • 48:50 – Does anybody else handle Scout? 49:50 – What is his sense of smell?
  • 51:00 – What is the courting process for eagles?
  • 53:00 – Will eagles really not mate again if their mate dies?
  • 54:00 – What type of birds are Osprey compared to eagles and hawks?
  • 55:20 – Do fledged eagles ever come back to the nest and are they tolerated by their parents?
  • 56:20 – How often do you get to spend quality time with Scout?
  • 57:20 – Does the male Golden Eagle help incubate the eggs like bald eagles do?