Fledge is the stage in a young bird's life when the feathers and wing muscles become developed enough for flight. It also describes the act of a chick's parents raising it until it is fully grown. A young bird that has recently fledged but still needs care and feeding is called a fledgling.
- "Fledge - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". merriam-webster.com. 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.