With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I thought I’d delve into the world of birds and mothering. When we see a bird sitting on a nest or feeding their young we automatically think it’s the female partner – but not so fast.
Many bird species share the responsibility of building the nest, incubating the eggs and feeding the young. By sharing the chores they have more resources available to raise more young.
Admittedly, some male birds abdicate their responsibility and spend little to no time caring for their young. In this case the main goal is to mate with more than one female. It was a surprise to me who they were.
It appears that the bird world is very much like the human world with some families sharing parental duties equally and others not so much.
Do you think the male bird in the pair arrives at the nest on Sunday morning with a freshly picked dandelion to offer to his partner as thanks for a job well done?