Extremely rare set of Golden Eagle triplets born in the eastern Highlands of Scotland

Rare golden eagle chicks born in the Highlands. Free photo from RSPB, uploaded July 15 2015.

Triplets: Rare golden eagle chicks born in Highlands, image by the RSPB

A rare set of golden eagle triplets has been born in Scotland, a wildlife charity has revealed. The female chicks hatched nine weeks ago and are being raised by their parents in the east Highlands of Scotland.

The RSPB is keeping their exact location secret to protect the birds and has fitted them with satellite tags. There are around 450 pairs of golden eagles in Scotland but fewer than 300 breed each year and it is very unusual for them to lay more than two eggs.

The 3 chicks are likely to leave their nest soon but will probably stay in the area they were born until next spring.

Scotland is home to a number of species of eagle, including the white-tailed eagle which was reintroduced to the Inner Hebrides in 1975 nearly 60 years after it was hunted to extinction in the UK.

3 comments to Extremely rare set of Golden Eagle triplets born in the eastern Highlands of Scotland

  • “It’s exceptionally rare to have triplets with golden eagles. It’s probably only about the fifth or sixth time this millennium,” said Stuart Benn of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
    Out of interest this extremely rare event has happened twice on Invermark Estate in Angus within the last five years.

  • This occurrence isn’t extremely rare, it’s totally unique.

    All other birds HATCH from eggs so for three chicks to be born is unprecedented.

  • Albert Ross

    Nice one Nick I winced at that bit. Not our Hon Ed’s fault. He will have just cut and pasted the article from the wishy washy RSPB handout.