Golden Eagle, scientific name: Aquila chrysaetos is a large solitary, predatory bird both admired and hunted because of their beautiful plumage. Their average length measures 32 inches and average wingspan is 78 inches. Golden Eagle feathers are a favorite item on the black market and the largest threat to the eagle is hunting and poaching. The Golden eagle is also hunted, trapped and poisoned by farmers and ranchers because they can sometimes pose a threat to livestock.
Golden eagles rarely migrate and if they do it is simply because a shortage of food. Their migration is typically short lived due to the fact that they are excellent hunters.
When Golden eagles mate, they typically mate for life. Once a year the mating pair will produce a clutch of 1-3 eggs and nest on cliff faces or in rocky crags. The male does not assist the female with incubation though he does bring her food and later assists in the parenting duties.