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American Redstarts Co-Parenting

American Redstarts, lively and colorful little warblers, share much of the parental care of their young.  He selects and presents her with a choice of nest locations.  She chooses the site and builds the nest.  He feeds her while she incubates the eggs. Both parents collect insects and feed their nestlings as well as remove fecal sacs (small packets of waste produced by nestlings). She does much of the brooding of the young. When their young fledge, the mother and father divide responsibility for the fledglings, with each parent separately caring for a portion of the young.

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3 responses

  1. Bill on the Hill

    I find it fascinating where both parents share in the tasks at hand, nature at it’s best from a human perspective…
    Great post Mary.
    Thank you,
    Bill… :~)

    June 27, 2022 at 7:54 am

  2. Alice

    Kind of what Bill wrote: many human parents know this, many could learn.

    June 27, 2022 at 9:58 am

  3. Amazing! Thank you.

    From Susan Gilpin


    June 27, 2022 at 10:52 am

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