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White-Winged Crossbills Obtain Forage from River Otter Feces

Daniel Gallant
The Wilson Bulletin
Vol. 116, No. 2 (Jun., 2004), pp. 181-184
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4164658
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White-Winged Crossbills Obtain Forage from River Otter Feces
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Abstract

Instances of coprophagy by birds are rare in comparison to coprophagy by other animals such as mammals and insects. Here, I report on White-winged Crossbills (Loxia leucoptera) obtaining forage from river otter (Lontra canadensis) feces in Kouchi-bouguac National Park, New Brunswick, Canada. In sequence, two male White-winged Crossbills landed on a scat, pecked at it, and ingested small pieces before flying away. The birds may have been feeding on fish bones or undigested fish present in the feces.

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