Date: 1/12/21 10:39 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hawk poop
Yes, this is an excellent photo, and I imagine satisfies the 13 year old
inside all of us :-)

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 12:59 PM Ann Alvarez <annra.new...> wrote:

> 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:
>
> 
> Amazing capture!
> Penny S.
>
> On Jan 12, 2021, at 10:30 AM, Anna <awmtngal...> wrote:
>
> This is what April observed - but demonstrated by Iris, my local RTHA!!!
> Anna
> Hartland
>
> <fullsizeoutput_5d28.jpeg>
>
>
> On Jan 12, 2021, at 8:10 AM, Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> wrote:
>
> April,
>
> 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.
>
> 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.
>
> 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!
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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