All the Animals that Have Gizzards

Ventriculus gastric mill, or gizzard, is a kind of muscular stomach found in birds and earthworms, as well as some types of fish and reptiles. The gizzard is special because it grinds up difficult-to-digest foods, making it particularly useful to animals that lack teeth. A gizzard features a hard horn-lined surface, with which to grind food. Although tough, animal gizzards are edible and eaten all over the world. Birds with Gizzards All birds have gizzards, including ostriches. The gizzard is especially useful to birds because they don’t have teeth. Instead of chewing their food, many birds swallow stones, allowing the […]

The Different Types of Pennsylvania Swallows

Swallows are found throughout North America, including Pennsylvania. With its many mountains, rolling hills and wooded areas, the Keystone state makes a perfect breeding ground for five different species of swallows. Swallows visit Pennsylvania’s tall trees and mountainsides in the summer for breeding, before returning to their homes in the south for the winter. Barn Swallows Barn swallows earn their name from their nesting habits. They often find the best place to build their mud nests is under the eaves of man-made structures, such as barns and sheds. Barn swallows are identifiable by their coloring, a mix of cobalt blue […]

The Beautiful Birds of New Guinea

New Guinea is home to 700 bird species, 445 of which reside in the lush rainforest. Home to 9 parrot subspecies, a trip to New Guinea’s rainforest almost guarantees you’ll see the eclectus parrot, the most common of the 9. New Guinea’s birds of paradise are incredibly popular, due to their brilliant color palates and the peculiar way they mate with one another. Also dwelling in New Guinea’s rainforest is the world’s largest pigeon, the Victoria crowned pigeon, and the cassowary, a large, flightless bird. Eclectus Parrot Although a predominately quiet bird, the red-sided eclectus can be instantly recognized by […]

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