Definition of nestling
: a young bird that has not left the nest
Recent Examples of nestling from the Web
Among birds, whip-poor-will nestlings hatch from their eggs during the new moon.
Because the nests and nestlings are extremely vulnerable to predators during this time, the parents do their best to build nests in safe and camouflaged locations.
Already larger than the host chicks, the cowbird then out-competes them for food the host adults bring to the nestlings.
Nestlings fall into one of two categories: precocial and altricial.
The nestling wasn't the first hawk brought this month to Willowbrook by Naperville Animal Control.
On a recent Saturday morning, volunteers Lee and Connie Witkowski of Lemont helped visitors by aiming one scope at a white egret feeding her nestlings, and the other at visiting mute swans in the water.
After hatching, the female often broods on the nestlings for another day/night, in part to help groom her feather oil into theirs.
Even at that point in the third quarter, forcing more from LeBron James would have proved a better option than another Irving drive and off-balance leaner nestling into the net.
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First Known Use of nestling
NESTLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nestling for English Language Learners
: a young bird that is not yet able to fly away from the nest
NESTLING Defined for Kids
Definition of nestling for Students
: a young bird not yet able to leave the nest
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