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The golden eagle is one of the largest birds that hunts from the air. He is mostly found in North America. You will find him in the forest, amongst a clearing, searching for his next meal.

The eagle is known for his sharp eyesight. He is able to spot snakes, lizards and many small animals as he is soaring above. After he spots movement on the ground, he speedily swoops down and catches his next meal, with his sharp talons. The golden eagle brings his food back to his nest.

The nests, called aeries, are built sometimes hundreds of years before. They are usually found on cliffs, in trees or on ledges. The nests are often passed from one eagle to another, with each eagle adding to it, expanding it up to ten times its original size.

The male and female will reach sexual maturity at about four to fives years old. Their season for mating is from March to July. While trying to attract the female’s attention, the male soars through the air, diving and turning quickly.

The female lays two eggs, one at a time. The first will hatch 43 to 45 days later, the second will hatch a couple of days later. The second chick will usually not survive, the elder chick, being stronger will take all the food and starve the younger sibling. The chick will remain in the nest for 45 to 60 days, with both parents protecting and feeding him. After three months the chick is strong enough to fly. He will stay with his parents for six months. The parents will then send him off, to look for his own territory and nest site.

During history the golden eagle has been executed until almost extinction. In 1962, the United States did its part by declaring the Golden Eagle an endangered species.