|MadSci Network: Zoology|
Hi Nicole, Guess what you and your dad are both right. Not that cartoons would be the most accurate place to find bird facts. One of these links might be more informative. http://birding.about.com/msubmenu13.htm http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/ Birds feed their young a variety of foods in a variety of ways. It depends on the type of bird and the foods that are available. You wouldnít expect a penguin to feed itís babies worms. There arenít any around the frozen south pole. But hey, thereís plenty of little fishes around that baby penguins just love. Why do some parent birds eat the food first? Well, there are a number of reasons. First,itís a good way to make foods that are too large or too hard for baby birds to eat all soft and mushy. Itís also an economical and practical way to carry large quantities of food like fish, seeds or bugs from one place to another. They donít have arms you know? Then when they get to the nest they regurgitate or throw up (yuk) the food for the babies. A Robin might feed its babies whole insects or worms that it finds fairly close to its nest. But if it has four or five babies thatís a lot of trips back and forth to keep the babies full. Good thing her food supply is close. You can see how carrying large amounts of food in the stomach or crop, to regurgitate later, could be a real advantage to a mom who has to travel several miles to find food. I hope this helps to answer your question. Steven A Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
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