Eagles Trio: Starr, Valor I and Valor II

Smithsonian Magazine

Watch Live as a Rare Bald Eagle ‘Throuple’ Raises Their New Trio of Chicks

Starr, Valor I and Valor II are taking care of three eaglets seven years after their dramatic story began

by Jason Daley, Smithsonian.com

This spring’s hottest drama has everything: a deadbeat father, a love triangle, murder, redemption and lots and lots of freshwater fish. But the excitement isn’t unfolding on cable television, it’s streaming live from a webcam set up on a stretch of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge in Illinois where a rare trio of bald eagles successfully hatched three puffy chicks in early April.

Ally Hirschlag at Audubon reports that a female bald eagle named Starr and her two paramours, Valor I and Valor II, are currently tending to three hatchlings in their stick nest overlooking the Mississippi near Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Illinois. Hundreds of bird species are known to use “helpers,” single birds that hang around a mated pair and help carry food to young or incubate eggs. But the phenomenon is extremely rare in bald eagles, which are monogamous, mate for life and highly territorial.

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  1. Here in Maryland they are beginning to become common; if you know where to look. Driving the East beltway I see new nests everyday. This must be their time for breeding.

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