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nest

(nest),
A group or collection of similar objects.
See also: nidus.
[A.S.]

nest

(nĕst)
n.
a. A structure or shelter made or used by a bird to hold its eggs during incubation and to house its young until fledged.
b. A structure or shelter in which other animals, such as reptiles, fish, or insects, deposit their eggs or tend their young.
c. A structure or complex built by ants, termites, or other social animals to house a colony.
d. A number of insects, birds, or other animals occupying a nest: attacked by a nest of hornets.
v. nested, nesting, nests
v.intr.
To build or occupy a nest.

nest

(nest)
A group or collection of similar objects.
See also: nidus
[A.S.]
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Nestlings with neither short-term nor long-term troubles had to make do with less parental attention, the researchers reported in the December 2000 AMERICAN NATURALIST.
We used pipe-cleaner ligatures around the necks of nestlings to collect the boluses of insects delivered to them by adults because this technique provides an accurate representation of nestling diet (Johnson et al., 1980; Poulson and Aebischer, 1995; McCarty and Winkler, 1999).
Nestling diets were composed of 44.28% Brachycerous Diptera, 12.5% Nematocerous Diptera, 12.0% Homoptera, 14.5% Hymenoptera and 7.6% Coleoptera.
Diptera were the most common food items in the diets of nestling tree swallows in an upland old field in lower west Michigan.
The number of items/bolus delivered to a nestling was related to brood size (Table 2).
Like other studies on tree swallow nestling diets in different habitats (Quinney and Ankney, 1985; Blancher et al., 1987; Blancher and McNicol, 1991), Diptera were the most common nestling diet item.
Those who have been favored as nestlings might look for more generous mates that can provide plenty of food for a hungry brood, she says.