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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Incubation and Brood Patches

Incubation: The process by which birds keep eggs at the proper temperature to ensure normal embryonic development until hatching. In most cases, birds sit on eggs and transfer their body heat through a patch of skin known as the brood patch. In many species, only the female incubates; in other species, both males and females incubate. Less common, only the male incubates.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Brood Patches: Read a Standford essay about brood patches here.

Brood Patch Photo Example: To see an amazing photo of a brood patch on a female red-tail from the Alewife nest, click here.

Narrated Slide Show about Brood Patches: What is a Brood Patch? by Laura Erickson

Post idea submission by CoastNC