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How does the mother bird know which baby bird to feed next?

Little daughter and I were watching a birds' nest this morning where four little sparrows were getting fed by their mom (or maybe dad?) Each time the mother bird came back, all four sparrows would screech and open their mouths wide and the mother would give one of them some food. My question is: how does the mother ensure that each chick gets enough food? I can think of at least two theories: 1. The adult bird has enough working memory to know who got the last bit of food, or even who's gone the longest without food; or 2. Hungrier chicks screech louder and the adult bird gives food to the loudest screecher. Do we know which of these is right, or whether the real answer is something else entirely?
posted by escabeche on Aug 16, 2013 - 8 answers

 

Texas bird identification

Can you help me identify this baby bird? [more inside]
posted by mokin on Jun 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me ID a bird!

Can anyone identify this bird found in North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Dec 5, 2012 - 10 answers

The Eagle? Hawk? Falcon? Has Landed

Name that bird of prey! (Photo #1, Photo #2). Seen today in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, near the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains (Hollywood Hills).
posted by Asparagirl on Jul 27, 2010 - 16 answers

elderly man seeks birds, will love unconditionally. must not freak out children.

Bird-watching books and gadgets for a bird-loving (but novice) 70 year old man? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 1, 2010 - 20 answers

Red Robin, Red Robin...

How can I convince the local robins to nest in my trees? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on Jun 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me relive a happy childhood memory!

Sometime around '93-95, when I was living in Plymouth, NC, my elementary school class took a field trip to a bird farm. I would love to track down the place where I went. [more inside]
posted by srrh on Oct 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Its The Birds come alive!

What are these black birds that took over my yard today? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 on Sep 15, 2009 - 6 answers

What kind of bird is this?

What kind of bird is this? (photos: 1, 2) [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Jun 10, 2009 - 13 answers

SoCal bird places

Looking for avian resources -- vets, toy stores, etc -- in SoCal! [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Mar 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Come here, birds, I want to feed you!

How do the birds know that my birdfeeder now has better seed? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Feb 21, 2008 - 11 answers

How did the birds get there?

How are dead baby birds showing up in parts of my yard with no trees? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on May 31, 2007 - 13 answers

How to Keep Pigeons Away?

Pigeons begone! How do I keep pigeons off my ledge? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 22, 2006 - 24 answers

Where do the birds go when it rains?

BirdFeederFilter: When it's gloomy and rainy, I don't see any birds at my birdfeeder for days on end. Then as soon as it's sunny, they're all over the place. What gives? What do they do on rainy days, just forage near their nest? Don't birds gotta eat when it rains?
posted by agropyron on Nov 18, 2005 - 9 answers

How can an amateur photographer make good photographs of birds?

I have a Nikon d70 (and an n80) and several lenses, the longest of which zooms to 200mm. I have a remote for the d70 (and a cable-release for the n80). I have a mediocre tripod. My yard is filled with birds. What do I need to know to optimize my chance at great bird photos? Is it merely a matter of patience and luck? Does anyone here have experience with bird photography? [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Aug 11, 2005 - 5 answers

How can I save baby birds from being flushed down the downspout?

What's the worst place to build your nest and lay your eggs? Above a downspout seems to me a pretty bad choice. [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jul 24, 2005 - 15 answers

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