Definition of nestling in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈnɛs(t)lɪŋ


  • A bird that is too young to leave its nest: buntings, their throats bulging with food for hungry nestlings cuckoo nestlings
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    • 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 archaic gorlin

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