Downy Egret Chicks—They’re So Cute and Fluffy!

Like dandelions with sharp beaks, these adorable little chicks actually are tough skirmishers. Sibling rivalry can be tough between egret babies. Sadly, this sometimes results in the younger, thus smaller, chick dying. The young birds compete with each other for food by begging and squabbling. Interestingly, one study showed that the mother fed the younger chick more frequently and the father egret fed the older, stronger chick.

However, in areas where breeding conditions unfold correctly, both chicks often survive to adulthood. These two in the video casually divide the food cached for them by a parent. This indicates that plentiful nourishment is available.

Here’s to these two fluff balls growing up to be stately egrets.


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