Definition of nidicolous in English:

nidicolous

adjective

  • another term for altricial
    • ‘Magpie nestlings, as well as most nidicolous birds, change skin color from red to orange.’
    • ‘Newborn toucans are nidicolous, or nest-reared.’
    • ‘Both parents feed two to seven nidicolous nestlings.’
    • ‘About 95% of all birds are at least socially monogamous, with both male and female partners typically providing substantial parental care in nidicolous species.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from Latin nidus nest + -colus inhabiting (from the verb colere live in, cultivate).

Pronunciation:

nidicolous

/nɪˈdɪk(ə)ləs/