The Most Loving and Caring Feathered Fathers

Published by in Animal
5th Oct 2008

Aside from physiological needs, other creatures on earth long for love and care like human beings. In most cases, upbringing and rearing of the young is the sole responsibility of the mother. Well, not in the case of these lucky creatures who are very fortunate for having loving fathers. Let’s meet them all – the loving and caring fathers.


One of the most loving and caring father in the world is Mr. Ostrich. During incubation of the eggs, Mrs. Ostrich take turn sitting on the eggs during the day while Mr. Ostrich sits on the eggs at night.

After the eggs have been hatched, Mr. Ostrich perform his duties and responsibilities of nurturing the hatchlings and teaching them how and what to feed.

Look at how the father protect and show what a loving father Mr. Ostrich is to his kids. He spreads his wings to provide shade for the chicks to protect them from the grueling heat of the sun


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If Mr. Ostrich is a loving and caring father, Papa Emu is more loving and caring. He incubates the eggs alone and care for the chicks without the aid of Mama Emu. As a matter of fact, he constructs a rough nest in a semi-sheltered hollow on the ground from bark, grass, sticks and leaves all by himself also.

Papa Emu becomes broody after Mama Emu starts laying and begins to incubate the eggs before the laying period is complete. From this time on, he does not eat, drink or defecate, and stands only to turn the eggs, which he does about 10 times a day. Over eight weeks of incubation, he will lose a third of his weight and will survive only on stored body-fat and on any morning dew that he can reach from the nest. Even Mama is Papa Emu don’t get mad. Once Papa Emu starts brooding, Mama Emu mates with other males, but that’s still okay with Papa Emu. He’s really very kind because as many as half the chicks in the brood he incubates are fathered by others. Incubation takes 56 days, and Papa Emu stops incubating the eggs shortly before they hatch. Papa Emu stays with the growing chicks for up to 18 months, defending them and teaching them how to find food. Certainly, I don’t want to be an Emu because I want a mate that is faithful.

  • william rodriguez II

    Beautiful article and pictures too. Very sentimental birds…

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  • Josey

    Lovely article. I had no idea! I have been having some computer problems, but I will stumble this when I can!

  • Unofre Pili

    This is great. I have never knew about this before.

  • Mark Gordon Brown

    Great link – I love birds and am a dad.. I am not a bird dad.. but I do own some birds.. none have been fathers yet..

  • Bozsi Rose

    Loved the pics! Who doesn’t want to see an Emu?

  • Juancav

    Beautiful way to raise the family,of tese birds,except the and entertaining article.

  • Darlene McFarlane

    Both birds are amazing but it is hard to believe that the Emu can last without food or water. God’s creatures are amazing. I had never heard of the Anhinga and I had no idea the Cassowary was such a dangerous bird.

    I have learned a lot from this article and enjoyed it very much.

    Thank you, nobert.

  • Lauren Axelrod

    Who knew that male birds were so involved with their kids lives. Sometimes it’s not the case. Well done Norbert.

  • MMV Abad

    Great pix. Heart-warming article. Thanks for sharing this.

  • tracy sardelli

    Lovely article, thank you Nobert.

  • valli

    Lovely birds….and beautiful pictures.

  • PR Mace

    Fun and educational with just the right amount of your special humor. Thanks Nobert, I love to read your work.

  • Anne Lyken-Garner

    Great birds, fab pictures.

  • eddiego65

    Such loving creatures. Thanks for the wonderful article.

  • akhtar from pakistan

    i like very much these kind of picture and i appreciate these kind of picture thanks for providing such kind of pictures from your forum.
    again thanks

  • akhtar from pakistan

    i like very much these kind of picture and i appreciate these kind of picture thanks for providing such kind of pictures from your forum.
    again thanks

  • Wildbird

    Theres the KIWI in NEW ZEALAND their natioanl emblem Its the MR KIWI that sits on the egg for 70 days until it hatches then theres also the strange relationship of the JACANA the female is larger then the male and she will have up to five or six males sitting on a clutch of eggs then theres the PHALAROPE the female is larger and more colorful then the male and he dose all the incibating and raising the young on his own and then if you saw MARCH OF THE PENUINS or HAPPY FEET the MR EMPORER PENGUIN will tent the egg for up to two months or more without hardly movie and he dont eat at all

  • budgieman69

    very imformative