Definition of fledgling in English:


(also fledgeling)


  • 1A young bird that has just fledged.

    • ‘Males and females have similar roles during breeding; both help build nests, incubate eggs, feed nestlings and fledglings and remove fecal sacks.’
    • ‘Fledging success may not accurately reflect reproductive success if fledglings differ in quality.’
    • ‘In those instances, the adult birds fed the fledglings in a fairly conspicuous location close to the nest.’
    • ‘The young form flocks with other fledglings and adults when leaving the nesting area after breeding season.’
    • ‘With the aid of spotting scopes, visitors can peer directly into the nests of the 4-foot-tall white birds and observe fledglings as they clamor for food and struggle to master the intricacies of flight.’
    • ‘Helpers are involved with territory defense, and all aspects of reproduction: incubation, brooding, feeding, and guarding nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘Perhaps because of the ordeal of bringing a chick to adulthood, fledglings are spoiled with every possible advantage to ensure their survival.’
    • ‘Similarly, broods were only used in the analysis of fledging sex ratio if the sex of all fledglings was known.’
    • ‘We cannot yet reliably locate, capture, and study fledglings and recently independent young birds.’
    • ‘The adults continue to provide some food for the fledglings for about a month after they fledge.’
    • ‘Scores of rare adult birds, fledglings and unhatched chicks are feared to have died when fire - which is being treated as suspicious - swept through reedbeds yesterday.’
    • ‘Females built the nest and incubated alone, but both parents fed nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘We checked all tagged nests daily to record laying dates of the eggs, clutch size, hatching dates, number of hatchlings, and number of fledglings.’
    • ‘Some observers have suggested that carrion on train tracks actually aids overall eagle survival by providing fledglings with a ready food supply.’
    • ‘We confirmed fledging by sighting fledglings, listening for fledgling begging calls, or sighting parents carrying food or scolding near the nest.’
    • ‘Or perhaps the birds were fledgelings; young and inexperienced.’
    • ‘Only female hummingbirds are involved in parental care; they must incubate eggs, brood young hatchlings, and feed the chicks as nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘In monogamous species, both the male and female build the nest, incubate eggs, brood young and feed nestlings and fledglings.’
    • ‘When the first brood fledges, the female starts the second brood and the male feeds the fledglings.’
    • ‘Neverthless, it is possible that survival rates of nestlings and fledglings might be influenced by spatial factors or by the identity of their social group.’
    chick, baby bird, nestling
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    1. 1.1[usually as modifier]A person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or underdeveloped.
      ‘the fledgling democracies of eastern Europe’
      • ‘This young child would be the first person to be granted a wish by the fledgling organization.’
      • ‘Extremely poor, it was nonetheless peaceful, stable and a fledgling democracy.’
      • ‘Musical wannabes turned out in force to listen to fledgling bands, play instruments and enrol for lessons.’
      • ‘We'll hear from both sides and review the changes ahead for this fledgling democracy.’
      • ‘Before opening the quarterly, I expected to read the work of fledgling student poets.’
      • ‘Harry's fledgling business started to take off when newsagents asked him to deliver the papers along with the contents bills.’
      • ‘These exchanges have become a small but meaningful way of supporting Russia's fledgling market economy.’
      • ‘Asia's fledgling democracies should not despair just because things are messy at the moment.’
      • ‘The Trust is a fledgling organisation, unrecognised by the club, which does not even reply to its letters.’
      • ‘Croydon has become home to the first in a series of innovation centres to help fledgling businesses get off the ground.’
      • ‘The Glaswegian actor and fledgling playwright was broke, fed up with acting, and hungry for a second child.’
      • ‘Many firms that were just fledgling start-ups in 2000 are now mature, profitable businesses.’
      • ‘The attack stopped fledgling peace efforts and led to international condemnation.’
      • ‘Nine years on, that fledgling script is about to see the light of day.’
      • ‘This is a momentous event for our fledgling democracy after so many years of non-representative rule.’
      • ‘You are the leader of the opposition in this emerging, fledgling democracy.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe is an example of the pressure placed on fledgeling democracies in Africa.’
      • ‘There will also be funds for training 100,000 teachers, and for fledgling entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘Between them they bring a powerful set of skills to the fledgling organisation.’
      • ‘Indeed, it is such films that have inspired fledgling filmmakers to take chances and think out of the box.’
      emerging, emergent, arising, sunrise, dawning, beginning
      developing, in the making, budding, rising, burgeoning, growing, embryonic, infant, nascent, incipient
      promising, potential, up-and-coming
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Mid 19th century: from the obsolete adjective fledge (see fledge), on the pattern of nestling.