Altricial and Precocial Development in Birds

  title={Altricial and Precocial Development in Birds},
  author={Haruka Wada and Sarah E Durant and F. M. Anne McNabb},
Birds exhibit spectacular diversity in developmental patterns, with species at opposite ends of the developmental spectrum either producing chicks that hatch and immediately leave the nest, or chicks that hatch with eyes closed and not a single feather on their small, helpless, pink bodies. Chicks that hatch ready to navigate in their world with little help from their parents are called precocial, whereas chicks that are unable to leave the nest are called altricial. Inextricably linked with… CONTINUE READING