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Young eaglets will stay in the nest about 11 to 12 weeks when the adults will start encouraging them to fly. The eaglets can often be seen exercising their wings on the nest or on a nearby branch several days prior to fledging (first flight from the nest). The young will stay at or near the nest for the next 6 weeks while the adults continue to feed them and teach them to hunt and fish on their own. Young eagles are believed to return to within 100 miles or so of their own nest site when they reach maturity and are ready to mate.
Bald eagles aren't really bald. They get the name from an old meaning of the word "bald" due to their white hair. The largest bald eagles tend to live in Alaska where they sometimes weigh as much as 17 pounds. They live around 20 to 30 years old in the wild. They build the largest nest of any North American bird. Nests have been found that are as deep as 13 feet and up to 8 feet wide.
An egg tooth is formed on the eaglet as it grows inside the egg. It is actually a sharp point on its beak. At the same time, the baby eaglet develops a ‘hatching muscle’ which actually tips the developing bird’s head back. Once it is large enough, the egg tooth will come into contact with the inside surface of the egg. As the baby inside the egg moves around, this little egg tooth breaks through the shell, (called a ‘pip’) and after several hours or even a day or two, the baby emerges. If you are observing a nest with a camera and microphone, you can hear the tiny cheeps the eaglet makes even before it hatches.