nest·​ling | \ ˈnest-liŋ How to pronounce nestling (audio) \

Definition of nestling

: a young bird that has not left the nest

Examples of nestling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers in Berkeley first met Grinnell in 2013 as a nestling, and Annie appeared a few years later. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Young #1111’s parents, both bred in captivity and released into Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in the late aughts, have been together for four years, and this is their fourth nestling. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 The entire operation is brief and the nestling is returned home. Amy Joi O'donoghue, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2021 In 2003, the first nestling fledged outside of an aviary since 1981. Jak Wonderly, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 May 2021 There, in a hollow cavity halfway up a 200-foot redwood, a webcam monitored her life from hatchling to nestling, a drama streamed to viewers all over the world. Jak Wonderly, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 May 2021 But a few days later, a biologist was able to confirm that the nestling was healthy and active. Jesse Klein, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020 That gave the bird an extra week to fledge; a wildlife biologist estimated the nestling would need two to three weeks to fledge. Erin Stone, azcentral, 3 Apr. 2020 The first of the eggs hatched on Tuesday, and as of this morning, all four nestlings could be seen with their mouths agape, looking to be fed. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 21 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nestling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Nestling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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nest·​ling | \ ˈnest-liŋ How to pronounce nestling (audio) \

Kids Definition of nestling

: a young bird not yet able to leave the nest

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