What Is A Baby Bird Called? (All You Need To Know)

Posted on: 23 March 2021

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What Is A Baby Bird Called? (All You Need To Know)

What to call a baby bird can vary depending on the species and age of the bird. The name for a baby bird varies by species, which means there's not one unifying term to describe all baby birds. Instead, the generic term for a baby bird is 'chick'.

There are three different names for baby birds, that change depending on the bird's age and life stage.

  • Hatchling is when they have newly hatched out of their eggs in the nest and have not developed feathers yet.
  • Nestling is a name given whilst they are still in the nest and haven't yet ventured out into the world.
  • Fledgling is the next stage, once their true feathers have grown out and are ready to leave the nest, but usually not ready to fly yet.

What is a Juvenile bird?

Juvenile is the term that's the equivalent term for teenagers for birds. They are at a stage of their life where they are mostly capable of fending for themselves if necessary but still partially rely on their parents for food and protection.

What Is A Baby Bird Called? (All You Need To Know)

A Juvenile Blackbird being fed

Special names for young birds

Some species of birds have unique names for their young. Some examples of these are:

  • Chickens: Poult, cockerel (male), pullet (female)
  • Cranes: Colt
  • Doves: Squab, squeaker
  • Ducks: Duckling
  • Eagles: Eaglet
  • Falcons: Eyas
  • Geese: Gosling
  • Grouse: Cheeper, squealer
  • Guineafowl: Keet
  • Loons: Loonlet
  • Owls: Owlet
  • Puffins: Puffling
  • Sandpipers: Peep
  • Swans: Cygnet, flapper
  • Turkeys: Poult, jake (male), jenny (female)

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