Definition of nidicolous in English:


Line breaks: nid|icol¦ous
Pronunciation: /nɪˈdɪk(ə)ləs


  • another term for altricial.
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    • Magpie nestlings, as well as most nidicolous birds, change skin color from red to orange.
    • Both parents feed two to seven nidicolous nestlings.
    • About 95% of all birds are at least socially monogamous, with both male and female partners typically providing substantial parental care in nidicolous species.


early 20th century: from Latin nidus 'nest' + -colus 'inhabiting' (from the verb colere 'live in, cultivate').

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