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BirdNote: Mother Birds
BirdNote
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05/10/2009
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Avian motherhood is a mixed bag

 

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Avian motherhood is a mixed bag. Peregrine Falcon mothers share duties fairly equally with Peregrine dads. (See a live Peregrine nest-cam.) At the other end of the spectrum is the female hummingbird, which usually carries the entire burden of nesting, incubating, and tending the young. And then, there’s the female Western Sandpiper. Mother Sandpiper usually leaves the family just a few days after the eggs have hatched.
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