Definition of fledged in US English:



  • 1(of a young bird) having wing feathers that are large enough for flight; able to fly.

    See also full-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.’
    • ‘The average numbers of fledged young produced per pair during 1995, 1996, and 1997 in those colonies are in bold type.’
    • ‘The two study plots were checked regularly to determine date of egg laying, clutch size, hatching date, and number of fledged young.’
    • ‘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 percentage of experimental eggs that gave rise to fledged chicks declined significantly with position in the laying sequence.’
    • ‘Egg quality was also assessed in terms of the probability that an egg would give rise to a fledged chick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A nest was considered successful if at least one nestling was fledged.’
    • ‘Newly fledged young have been found as early as May 21, suggesting a laying date of about March 20.’
    • ‘A typical adult will breed several times over its long natural lifespan, but will only produce a small number of fledged chicks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person or thing) having just taken on the role specified.
      ‘our discipline is so new fledged that the FBI had to take its cases to the Smithsonian for analysis’
    2. 1.2literary (of an arrow) provided with feathers.