Nesting of spotted doves (Spilopelia chinensis) Part 3: From nest to chicks

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In Part 3 of Spotted dove nesting, Wei Siong documented the parents feeding the very hungry chicks which have grown bigger.  The chicks are able to obtain crop milk from parent bird simultaneously.  Chicks have grown stronger and are beginning to stand on their legs and flap their tiny wings. The parents continue to tidy the nest and shield the chicks from the hot afternoon sun.

Towards the later part of the video, the mother bird adopted a defensive stance and the intruder appeared in view.  Mother and chick predator stared at each other.  All the while the chicks were tugged safely under her body. The tense situation evaporated when the predator flew off.

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