For the second time in as many months I have read news stories about birds giving “birth”. This time in at today’s nytimes. com. New Caledonian Crows Owe Their Toolmaking Skills to a Nourishing Nest - NYTimes.com “the crows they were following gave birth to a total of eight chicks. “ I have been fascinated by crows and watched them mate, build nests, lay eggs and raise hatchlings all my life.
For about seven decades I never heard of bird reproduction being referred to as “birth”. Have news story writers and editors just started using a different terminology (Gotten sloppy?) or did I just miss the word “birth” over all these years?