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

Definition of nestling

: a young bird that has not left the nest

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Return sausage to skillet, nestling among vegetables. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples," 21 Sep. 2018 If a baby bird is a nestling (three to 10 days old) on the ground, it should be put back into its nest. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Found A Baby Bird? Here's What To Do," 17 June 2018 Milan hit back in the 22nd minute, as Çalhanoğlu caught Pioli out with a 20 yard free kick that flew across the face of goal, bouncing in front of the keeper and nestling into the bottom corner., "AC Milan 5-1 Fiorentina: Red Hot Rossoneri Fightback to Book Place in Europa League Group Stage," 20 May 2018 But this occurs only when birds are nestlings and still maturing. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Hot temperatures made these birds shrink," 21 Apr. 2018 The researchers measured levels of the stress hormone corticosterone in adult females and nestlings of the three species at all the nest boxes over three years. Amy Mathews Amos, Scientific American, "Oil- and Gas-Drilling Noise Stresses Birds," 1 Apr. 2018 Scientists transported this male eagle from Wisconsin to New York in 1977 while still a nestling. Douglas Main, Newsweek, "Nation’s Oldest Bald Eagle Found Dead in New York," 17 June 2015 But only 55 percent of the birds successfully raise nestlings to be at least one month old, compared to a national average of 68 percent. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Feisty and territorial falcons fly back to NC mountains. Climbers are getting credit.," 15 Feb. 2018 Thanks to those efforts, some of the stork pairs are now having between three and four nestlings, and the overall number of breeding pairs has increased from about 580 at the beginning of the Nest Neighbors program to the current 652. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Each Summer, These Armenian Villages Are Taken Over by Hundreds of White Storks," 31 July 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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