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nestling Line breaks: nest|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛs(t)lɪŋ/

Definition of nestling in English:


A bird that is too young to leave its nest: buntings, their throats bulging with food for hungry nestlings cuckoo nestlings
More example sentences
  • It's the first study to show that birds have learned to recognize and reject cuckoo nestlings.
  • They are very aggressive and are able to take over nests and kill the eggs and nestlings of other birds.
  • We provided food supplements to half of the nestlings in each nest during the nestling period.
chick, baby bird, fledgling;
Falconry eyas
Scottish archaicgorlin

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