Birds of a feather: three bald eagles are co-parenting to raise their chicks together

A trio of bald eagles in Illinois have come together to bring together their three eagle groups that came out this spring.

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have the male eagle & # 39; parents & # 39; Valor I and Valor II. The female was called Starr.

Through a webcam, fans around the world can watch the interactions of the family that have nestled along the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois.

This year, eagles have successfully produced and hatched three eggs, said Pam Steinhaus, visitor services manager at the National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Upper Mississippi.

A female and two male bald eagles in Illinois have come together to & # 39; co-parent & # 39; by lifting three eagles that hatched this spring

A female and two male bald eagles in Illinois have come together to & # 39; co-parent & # 39; by lifting three eagles that hatched this spring

The unnamed eagles, (pictured), covered with soft, gray down with wobbly legs, are now getting old enough to hold their heads for feeding

The unnamed eagles, (pictured), covered with soft, gray down with wobbly legs, are now getting old enough to hold their heads for feeding

The unnamed eagles, (pictured), covered with soft, gray down with wobbly legs, are now getting old enough to hold their heads for feeding

The two males stayed together and went to a new female after their first mate had fled.

The original trio that was formed in 2013 after the female that was then in the nest, chose a new partner, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Although Valor I was replaced by Valor II, he remained hanging around the nest throughout the breeding season. In 2017 the female of the group fled the nest after being attacked.

Starr arrived later that year and three eggs laid by the female hatched this spring.

The images of the nest, founded by Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, show how the eagles take turns feeding the eagles and looking after their home.

Steinhaus claimed that the eagles shared their upbringing and household duties equally.

She told CNN: & # 39; They are involved in all aspects. Everyone brings in chopsticks. The boys place the sticks where they think (they go) and Starr always brings them back to where they think (should go). & # 39;

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have live-streamed images of the nest

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have live-streamed images of the nest

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have live-streamed images of the nest

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have live-streamed images of the nest

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have live footage of the nest and officials check the unconventional

The female bald eagle, Starr, looks (pictured) over her eagles in a nest along the Upper Mississippi near Fulton, Illinois. The family is banned from social media

The female bald eagle, Starr, looks (pictured) over her eagles in a nest along the Upper Mississippi near Fulton, Illinois. The family is banned from social media

The female bald eagle, Starr, looks (pictured) over her eagles in a nest along the Upper Mississippi near Fulton, Illinois. The family is banned from social media

Starr does a lot of work when it comes to incubation. But when she gets tired, the fathers like to take over the reins.

& # 39; The boys are there to remove her and sit on the eggs. The pantry is constantly full. Eating will never be a problem, & she added.

Eagles are extremely loyal to nesting sites, so the three eagles are likely to live and work together in the future.

& # 39; As long as that nest is successful, they will probably stay together & # 39 ;, Steinhaus said.

The original trio of the group was formed in 2013 after the female who was then in the nest chose a new partner and fled the nest that the creatures are still calling home

The original trio of the group was formed in 2013 after the female who was then in the nest chose a new partner and fled the nest that the creatures are still calling home

The original trio of the group was formed in 2013 after the female who was then in the nest chose a new partner and fled the nest that the creatures are still calling home

Videos & # 39; s show that both men mate with Starr and that she has hatched several eggs since she arrived there in 2017, when the previous woman died

Videos & # 39; s show that both men mate with Starr and that she has hatched several eggs since she arrived there in 2017, when the previous woman died

Videos & # 39; s show that both men mate with Starr and that she has hatched several eggs since she arrived there in 2017, when the previous woman died

In 2012, Valor I combined with a female eagle named Hope. A young male eagle named Valor II appeared at the breeding ground in 2013 and eventually replaced Valor I as Hope's most important partner.

The three birds then formed an unorthodox unit to co-age the eagles.

But in March 2017, the tragedy hit the nest when two other eagles diligently attacked the nest.

& # 39; Hope had been in a fierce battle under the nest for a long time and she never came back & # 39 ;, Steinhaus said. & # 39; More than likely, she was seriously injured. & # 39;

Hope then fled from the nest and Starr started nesting there in September 2017. The video & # 39; s showed that both males with her pairs and that she hatched several eggs at that time.

The unnamed eagles, small bundles covered with soft, gray down with unsteady legs, now get old enough to hold their heads to be fed.

The cute chicks are only a few weeks away from being able to walk and pick at their own food. However, in a few weeks they will be able to fly independently.

According to the National Audubon Society, it is not uncommon for bald eagles to be three times older.

Bald eagle trios were observed in Alaska in 1977, in Minnesota in 1983 and in California in 1992. In those cases, however, it was unclear whether all three eagles were biological parents, or that someone was just a "nest helper."