Milk Consumption by birds

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Subject: Milk Consumption by birds
From: "Chris" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 09:48:40 +1000
Having followed the 'milk theft debate' and having heard the Blue Tit
story at university I am interested in the effects of this dietary
preference. It is my understanding that many species are lactose
intolerant as they lack the capacity to produce the enzyme lactase to
break down milk sugars. Does anyone know if some corvids are capable of
producing lactase? Alternatively are these birds only consuming the high
fat cream strata of the milk?

Chris Lloyd

Training Officer


PO Box 260

Forestville NSW 2087

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