Rival Eagles Have United to Raise eaglets Together

Image via Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge/Facebook

Two male bald eagles, Valor 1 and Valor 2, started as rivals back in 2013 but then decided to make peace to share the nest together.

Since 2017, Valor 1 and Valor 2, alongside female eagle named Starr, have been together. Recently, the trio has become parents to three little eaglets that Starr laid in February. The three parents are helping each other to take care of the babies.

Nonprofit organization Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge provides a live stream of the trio’s nest, where we can watch the family’s progress. Their unique family structure seems to be working fine for these eagles and the eaglets have the benefit of being fed by three different beaks. The babies will be with their parents for 10 to 12 weeks, at which time they’ll begin to fly out on their own.