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The word incubate in the context of birds refers to the development of the chick (embryo) within the egg and the constant temperature required for the development of it over a specific period. This in most species of bird is produced by body heat from the brooding parent, though several groups, notably the Megapodes, instead use geothermal heat or the heat generated from rotting vegetable material, effectively a giant compost heap. The Namaqua Sandgrouse of the deserts of southern Africa, needing to keep its eggs cool during the heat of the day, stands over them drooping its wings to shade them. Orders Many - see section below. ... Embryos (and one tadpole) of the wrinkled frog (Rana rugosa). ... An average Whooping Crane egg is 102 mm long, and weighs 208 grams A baby tortoise emerges from a reptile egg. ... A warm-blooded (homeothermic) animal is one that can keep its core body temperature at a nearly constant level regardless of the temperature of the surrounding environment (that is, to maintain thermal homeostasis) . This can involve not only the ability to generate heat, but also the ability to cool down... This article is about mound-building birds. ... Genera Pterocles Syrrhaptes The sandgrouse are a group of 16 near passerine bird species in the order Pteroclidiformes. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. ...


In the species that incubate, the work is divided differently between the sexes. Possibly the most common pattern is that the female does all the incubation, as in the Coscoroba Swan and the Indian Robin, or most of it, as is typical of falcons. In some species, such as the Whooping Crane, the male and the female take turns incubating the egg. In others, such as the cassowaries, only the male incubates. The male Mountain Plover incubates the female's first clutch, but if she lays a second, she incubates it herself. In Hoatzins, some birds (mostly males) help their parents incubate later broods. Binomial name Coscoroba coscoroba (Molina, 1782) The Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) is the smallest species of swan. ... Binomial name Saxicoloides fulicata (Linnaeus, 1766) The Indian Robin, Saxicoloides fulicata, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, family Muscicapidae. ... Species About 37; see text. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Species Casuarius casuarius Casuarius unappendiculatus Casuarius bennetti Cassowaries (genus Casuarius) are very large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. ... Binomial name Charadrius montanus (Townsend, 1837) The Mountain Plover is a medium-sized ground bird in the plover family. ... Binomial name Ophisthocomus hoazin (Muller, 1776) The Hoatzin (Ophisthocomus hoazin) is an odd species of tropical bird which is found in the swamps associated with the Amazon and Orinoco rivers of South America. ...


Incubation times range from 11 days (some small passerines and the Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos) to 85 days (the Wandering Albatross and the Brown Kiwi). In these latter, the incubation is interrupted; the longest uninterrupted period is 64 to 67 days in the Emperor Penguin.[1] Families Many, see text A passerine is a bird of the giant order Passeriformes. ... Binomial name Coccyzus erythropthalmus (Wilson, 1811) The Black-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, is a cuckoo. ... Binomial name Coccyzus americanus (Linnaeus, 1758) The Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus, is a cuckoo. ... Binomial name Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758 The best known Albatross is the Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans), which occurs in all parts of the Southern Oceans. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Some species begin incubation with the first egg, causing the young to hatch at different times; others begin after laying the last egg of the clutch, causing the young to hatch simultaneously.


Derived meanings

Climate-controlled incubators are used in industrial agricultural settings and in neonatal care, especially of human infants. The life expectancy for premature infants has increased dramatically thanks to incubation. The word incubation (from the Latin incubare, to lie upon) can mean the following: In chemistry or biochemistry, incubation refers to maintaining a system under specific conditions in order to promote a particular reaction. ...


In economics, a business incubator is an organization providing physical space, communications tools, investments or human resources intended to support the development of a new firm. Business incubators are organizations that support the entrepreneurial process, helping to increase survival rates for innovative startup companies. ...


Reference

Christopher Perrins (editor), Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds, ISBN 1552977773 Professor Christopher Miles Chris Perrins, FRS is a British biologist. ...


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Avian incubation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (397 words)
The word incubate in the context of birds refers to the development of the chick (embryo) within the egg and the constant temperature required for the development of it over a specific period.
Possibly the most common pattern is that the female does all the incubation, as in the Coscoroba Swan and the Indian Robin, or most of it, as is typical of falcons.
In these latter, the incubation is interrupted; the longest uninterrupted period is 64 to 67 days in the Emperor Penguin.
Incubation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (320 words)
Incubator (microbiology), refers to maintaining a bacterial culture at a particular temperature for a set length of time, in order to measure bacterial growth.
Incubation was practised by members of the cult of Asclepius and votive offerings found at his ritual centres at Epidaurus, Pergamum and Rome detail the perceived effectiveness of the method.
Incubation (song) is a song by Joy Division, released on the B-side of the Komakino flexi-single in 1980, and on the Substance album in 1988.
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