- remaining in the nest for a period after hatching.
Origin of nidicolous
Examples from the Web for nidicolous
Historical Examples of nidicolous
Carnivorous, desmognathous, nidicolous, without functional caeca.
- (of young birds) remaining in the nest for some time after hatching
Word Origin for nidicolous
Word Origin and History for nidicolous
of birds, "bearing young which are helpless at birth," 1920, from Modern Latin Nidicolae (1894), from Latin nidus (see nest (n.)) + colere "to inhabit" (see colony). Contrasted to nidifugous birds (1902), whose young are well-developed and leave the nest at birth (from Latin fugere "to flee").