Date: 1/12/21 9:59 am
From: Ann Alvarez <annra.new...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hawk poop
These posts have been interesting… And this photo is the perfect addition!

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> On Jan 12, 2021, at 12:23 PM, Penny <dorfdoom...> wrote:
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> Amazing capture!
> Penny S.
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>>> On Jan 12, 2021, at 10:30 AM, Anna <awmtngal...> wrote:
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>> This is what April observed - but demonstrated by Iris, my local RTHA!!!
>> Anna
>> Hartland
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>>> On Jan 12, 2021, at 8:10 AM, Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> wrote:
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>>> April,
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>>> I don't know about the anatomy and musculature, but many birds have the ability of projectile pooping. It has been described as an adaptation for getting their feces well away from the nest, not only for nest sanitation but also to protect from predators tracking the nest location.
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>>> Baby birds cannot do this when they hatch, so parent birds take their fecal sacs (another unusual adaptation) well away from the nest. As they get older, baby birds develop the ability to shoot poop over the edge of the nest so I imagine it is muscle development.
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>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 7:53 AM April Campbell <adc14...> wrote:
>>>> So, I was observing my local female Coop perched on my newly erected screech owl box, when she lifted her tail and emitted a propulsive stream of poo ten feet across the yard! My question is this: are their special muscles in the cloaca that contract to allow such a power poo? What evolutionary purpose might exist for having a fire extinguisher for an anus? I checked a couple of anatomy books, but there no discussion on this topic I guess I should be glad she didn’t dribble all over the box!
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