from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Leaving the nest a short time after hatching. Used of a bird.
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- adj. That leaves the nest shortly after hatching
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of birds, able to run about when hatched: same as precocial: contrasted with nidicolous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of birds) leaving the nest shortly after hatching
Prägung, or imprinting, in his seminal paper in 1935, to refer to the process of rapid bound-formation early in the life of the so-called nidifugous birds (the fowl, ducks, geese, and the like).
'A possible fundamental in the behaviour of young nidifugous birds '- One of the most significant behaviour patterns observed is one which occurs immediately upon hatching.
Altricial I lies at one extreme ( 'birth with eyes closed, naked, and nidicolousor nest-dwelling'), and precocial IV at the other ( 'birth with eyes open, haired, and nidifugous or nest-fleeing') .