Bird Glossary

Clutch

Clutch

This clutch has ten eggs. A set of eggs laid at the same time.


Incubating

Incubating

Keeping the eggs warm. If not they won’t hatch.


Hatching

Hatching

When the baby birds break out of their eggs.


Brooding

Brooding

When the mother bird keeps the baby birds warm.


Brood

Brood

Chicks hatched from one lot of eggs.


Roosting

Roosting

When a bird tucks its head under its wing and sleeps.


Faecal sac

Faecal sac

A faecal sac is the chick’s waste. The adults take it out of the nest to keep it clean.


Fledgling

Fledgling

A bird that has just learnt to fly and has left the nest.