Although both bald eagle parents care for the offspring, the female broods the eggs more frequently and is present 40% more than the male while the male provides most of the food during the first two weeks post-hatching.
Both bald eagle parents care for their offspring, although a larger burden falls on the female. Eggs are brooded by females about three to seven times more frequently than by males and females are present about 90% of the time when brooding young nestlings as opposed to 50% among males. However, most of the food is brought to the nest by males during the first two weeks post-hatching. Eventually, females also provide much of the food.
During the nestling period, young are fed four to five times per day and are brooded constantly until they are about four weeks old.
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• Sources | (Bryan, Hopkins, Eldridge, Brisbin, & Jagoe, 2005; Buehler, 2020; Burnie & Wilson, 2001; Gill, 2006; Siciliano Martina, 2013)
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