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Part VI : Animal Reproduction

Reproduction in Birds Homepage
Inside the bird's egg.
Reproduction in Birds Summary (useful for revision)
Reproduction in Birds : Questions

Introduction to Animal Reproduction
Mating on Land Homepage
More about Mating on Land
Reproduction in Mammals
Gestation and Birth
Care of the new-born Offspring
Different Ways of Growing

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Goslings, Normandy, France © Shirley Burchill

Goslings, Normandy, France

 

A flamingo, Slimbridge, UK © Shirley Burchill

A flamingo, Slimbridge, UK

 

REPRODUCTION IN BIRDS

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Chicks in the Nest

Some chicks are quickly on their feet and leave the nest within a few hours of hatching. This is true for most ground nesting birds such as chickens, pheasants, geese and seagulls. The hen bird still looks after the chicks. She will call to them if there is a dangerous predator nearby. These chicks will start to feed for themselves very soon but because they run around so much they do not grow very quickly.

 

Stork feeding its young, Normandy, France © Shirley Burchill

Stork feeding its young, Normandy, France

 

The chicks of birds which nest in trees have to learn how to fly before they can leave the nest. They are naked when they hatch from their eggs. These chicks stay in the nest and are fed by the parents sometimes for many weeks. Chicks which stay in the nest are called nestlings. When they are learning to fly they are called fledglings. This is the most difficult and dangerous part of their lives as they are easy prey for predators and they can injure themselves whilst learning to fly.

 

Bird's 'Milk'

Two groups of birds give "milk" to their nestlings : flamingoes and pigeons. The "milk" is produced by the crop which is at the beginning of the bird's digestive system. Therefore, the "milk" is given to the nestlings through the parent's mouth.

 

 

PROTEIN %

FAT %

WATER %

FLAMINGO MILK

9

15

76

PIGEON MILK

15

10

7

 

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