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Do you want feathers with that?
The following is from the eNature News. Think _Suchomimus_.
Subj: On the Wild Side
Date: 7/25/00 7:37:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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- Feather Appetizers --
People who've been humbled, it's said, eat their words. By the
same token, certain birds eat their own feathers, though not
because they've suffered a defeat. Rather, these birds consume
feathers in order to survive.
The birds in question are grebes, aquatic birds with a diet that
consists of insects, crustaceans, and sometimes fish. But fish-
eating grebes like the Horned Grebe and the Red-necked Grebe
can't readily digest the bones inside fish. That's why they pluck
and eat large quantities of their own feathers. The feathers create
a filter of sorts within the grebe that traps the bones in the bird's
stomach before they can enter the intestine. Thus trapped, the
bones slowly dissolve until they can more easily be passed.
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