Vomiting on your offspring

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the Spectacled Owl. It’s digestive habits are polite in comparison to some birds

There is a bird called the Lilac-breasted Roller which vomits on its chicks in the nest to make them smell foul, deterring predators!

How do I know? Because Birdland Park & Gardens in Gloucestershire told me. And why did they tell me? As part of their publicity to draw attention to the half-term foray to drive parents and their youngsters to Birdland, they have launched Disgusting Birds Week which runs from the 11th of February until the 19th.

If the antics of the Lilac-breasted Roller don’t appeal then probably the habits of other birds won’t either. But they will appeal to any child from about three until teenage years.

Take the Spectacled Owl for example. It eats its food whole then later regurgitates the fur and bone in a pellet. Or the Marabou Stork from Africa which cools itself by pooing on its legs! The legs contain some major blood vessels and by pooing on them the bird can cool its blood.

Continuing on that same theme, the cassowary doesn’t have a good digestive system and its food passes through it very quickly. As a result, it eats its own poo to get the extra nourishment that it may not have got on the food’s first trip through the bird’s digestive system! Birdland follows this with blood-sucking songbirds and puking penguins.

Thankfully, not all of the 140 species of birds at Birdland have these un-endearing habits. But then children won’t be interested in the ones that don’t tickle their fancy!

Needless to say, the keepers will be playing up the more disgusting nature of their birds as they present talks and show the birds off to their visitors throughout the week. They will probably enjoy themselves as much as the children who will wonder why their parents have never told them about these interesting birds before.

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