Edgewood's Red-Shouldered Hawks, Spring 2000

A week later, the nestlings were substantially larger and showing considerable feather growth. By now they appeared curious about their surroundings, and appeared to walk about the nest without difficulty.

They were still too young to feed themselves. Feeding time appeared to be indicated by a general sense of restlessness--no calling-- among the babies. Food was stored in the nest, but the babies left it alone until fed by the adult.

At feeding time, the adult selected food from storage, pinned it with her talons, and pulled pieces off using her beak. She fed these pieces directly to the baby (no regurgitation), and occasionally swallowed a piece herself. The beak appeared to be used for tearing, not chewing.

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