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 But a few days later, a biologist was able to confirm that the nestling was healthy and active. Jesse Klein, Wired, "Severe Wildfires Are Devastating the California Condor," 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, "A hummingbird in way of a looming roofing project safely flies the nest," 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, "This North Carolina Dad Set up a Livestream of a Robin's Nest and We Can’t Stop Watching," 21 May 2020 The mystery of Golden Eagle 1703: Biologist Steve Lewis had tagged the apex predator as a nestling in Alaska—and followed its pings thousands of miles for 18 months. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 9 Apr. 2020 If the drones scare the eagles off the nest, the nestlings are exposed to temperatures and ravens waiting to whisk the eggs or eaglets away for a quick snack. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "These bald eagle nestwatchers help an imperiled species soar again over Arizona," 27 Feb. 2020 Game and Fish Department officials say there were 71 eagle nestlings during the 2019 breeding season, down from 87 hatched last year. USA TODAY, "Surfboard proposal, Duke dorm opossum, Sky Bar’s back: News from around our 50 states," 15 Nov. 2019 The number of bald eagle nests being used for eggs and nestlings fell to at most seven in the early 1970s. USA TODAY, "Liquid oozes onto highway, red squirrels rising, floods, oysters, exploding ATM: News from around our 50 states," 24 Dec. 2019 The 8-inch-long squirrels rely on conifer seeds for the bulk of their diet; insects, mushrooms, bird eggs, nestlings and other foods supplement the seeds. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "The Mount Graham red squirrel continues its slow recovery. Now it faces a new foe.," 4 Dec. 2019

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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 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nestling

: a young bird that is not yet able to fly away from the nest


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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