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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Birds cleaning up after their babies

House Wren with Fecal Sac
Is it normal for parent birds to root around in the nest? Is she looking for waste? I have seen the parents taking something small and white out of the nestbox. What are they doing?

Small songbirds have a unique way to keep the nest clean. Not only would a nest full of baby poop be smelly and a bad place to raise young birds, it might also attract predators.

Nestling birds produce a little round white package of poo, encased in a tough gelatinous membrane. The parent grasps the Fecal Sac by the middle with their beak to dispose of away from the nest. Nestlings usually excrete one sac after each feeding, especially as they get older.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/NsOzfya3iSA

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