Baby birds are among nature’s most amazing creatures. Newly hatched chicks range from helpless to remarkably independent, depending on species. The most helpless newborn chicks (nature’s true early birds) are called altricial, and are typically born tiny, blind and naked; need help thermoregulating; and must be brooded for longer than chicks who had more time in the egg. Yet as tiny and fragile as they are, incubated and underweight, these remarkable creatures grow and thrive under the care of attentive parents– much like their human counterparts. The major difference between early birds and early babies is quantifiable in neither Linnaen nor Darwinian terms; while we can only speculate as to whether parental avian pairs “love” their brood, there can be no doubt that the early human baby of which the author of BV is thinking is loved, and his arrival, while precipitous, much celebrated.
To HD and his lovely Wife, congrats on the birth of your baby bird!