One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a young bird) having wing feathers that are large enough for flight; able to fly.‘a recently fledged bird’
- ‘A typical adult will breed several times over its long natural lifespan, but will only produce a small number of fledged chicks.’
- ‘The male may provide support for up to 12 days after the young leave the nest, and the young often join other newly fledged young on communal roosts.’
- ‘Banding usually takes place during July-September (most bandings in this study occurred during August), and both young, fledged birds and adults are banded by capturing birds in bait traps.’
- ‘In New York State alone - where an aggressive restoration program operates - the number of fledged young rose from fifteen in 1990 to seventy-one in 2000.’
- ‘A nest was considered successful if at least one nestling was fledged.’
- ‘Near one of the lakes I saw 8 pied kingfishers perched on the top of a date palm, it may have been the parent birds with their recently fledged young.’
- ‘Newly fledged young have been found as early as May 21, suggesting a laying date of about March 20.’
- ‘The two study plots were checked regularly to determine date of egg laying, clutch size, hatching date, and number of fledged young.’
- ‘By mid-July, adults and recently fledged young form small, loose flocks.’
- ‘Fledging success (proportion of hatchlings that resulted in fledged young) was considered as a partial measure of reproductive success.’
- ‘Egg quality was also assessed in terms of the probability that an egg would give rise to a fledged chick.’
- ‘The percentage of experimental eggs that gave rise to fledged chicks declined significantly with position in the laying sequence.’
- ‘They were still feeding their fledged young, but in two more days the female had relined the nest and then immediately started laying a second clutch of eggs.’
- ‘The average numbers of fledged young produced per pair during 1995, 1996, and 1997 in those colonies are in bold type.’
- 1.1in combination (of a person or thing) having just taken on the role specified.‘a newly fledged Detective Inspector’
- 1.2literary (of an arrow) fitted with feathers.
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