Re: fig bird diet

Subject: Re: fig bird diet
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 12:52:37 +1000
Jenny's e-mail about figbirds not being able to digest food without 
it being regurgitated by their parents because of the lack of enzymes 
reminded me of something I was told. A man used to rear baby birds 
(lorikeets or rosellas I think, but I'm not sure) and to overcome this problem 
he'd place the food in his mouth and chew it up a bit before giving 
it to the birds. Apparently the enzymes in his saliva partially 
digested the food and did the same 
job as  what the parent birds do when they regurgitate food from their stomach 
to give to the babies.

Lainie Berry
Department of Biological Sciences
Monash University, Clayton Vic 3168

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • fig bird diet, Atriplex Services
    • Re: fig bird diet, Lainie . Berry <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU