How do baby eagles learn to fly?


Baby eagles learn to fly by flapping their wings and hopping around the nest, along with jumping to nearby tree branches. After doing this for days or a few weeks, they are ready to fly out of the nest.

Baby eagles, called eaglets, stay in the nest for 12 to 14 weeks after they are born. Their parents feed and care for them.

After an eaglet has spent enough time hopping, flapping and jumping to other branches (called branching), it is ready for its first flight. The amount of practice time varies somewhat from baby to baby, but an eaglet is usually ready to fly by 10 to 12 weeks of age.

Once an eaglet has made its first successful flight, called a fledging, it will continue to practice flying to nearby trees for a month or two and then leave the nest for good.

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