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  • n. Plural form of nestling.

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Examples

  • He wants not part, but, everything -- the whole nest, all the care of the old birds, and all of the food -- for himself; so, when the old birds are away, he pushes himself under one of the little nestlings, which is of course too small and weak to help itself, and throws it out of the nest to die.

    St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9

  • Late hay cuts in traditional meadows give ground-nesting birds a chance to complete their breeding cycle, so look out for partridges leading fledglings through the undergrowth, anxious curlews trying to distract your attention from their offspring and yellow wagtails snapping flies from flowers to feed their nestlings.

    Make hay meadow photos while the sun shines | Phil Gates

  • And, since I was willing to part with them, she argued that I might be willing to let some of the other nestlings flee their home of 20 or so years and fly to new nests where they will be loved and held and stroked and cuddled and called "George".

    Geek With (Lots of) Books: St. Sandi

  • Its interesting domestic arrangements mean that it is at leisure, while everyone else is working his or her feathers off feeding the nestlings.

    Jean's Knitting

  • There is documented scientific literature out there showing (video) of deer eating nestlings from bird nests.

    Do deers eat small birds and small animal ?

  • But, it is a long stretch to compare a half-starved bird that kills all her nestlings to a well-nourished woman who just delivered a baby and gets depressed two days later.

    An Evolutionary Model of Depression, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • [I] t is a long stretch to compare a half-starved bird that kills all her nestlings to a well-nourished woman who just delivered a baby and gets depressed two days later.

    An Evolutionary Model of Depression, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The other hunter, Latimer, a lean, Yankee-looking fellow with shrewd, narrow-slitted eyes, held otherwise, held that the seal pup was born on the land for no other reason than that it could not swim, that its mother was compelled to teach it to swim as birds were compelled to teach their nestlings how to fly.

    Chapter 4

  • Local bird nerd expert Tom L. says this about mourning doves: Mourning Doves feed their nestlings crop milk or “pigeon milk,” which is secreted by the crop lining.

    Meet Sugar Creek’s baby dove « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Russ, too, submits to the tyranny of the nestlings.

    Birdology

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