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Water Transport by Sandgrouse
Gordon L. MacLean
Vol. 33, No. 6 (Jun., 1983), pp. 365-369
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1309104
Page Count: 5
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Sandgrouse are birds adapted to arid zones in Africa and Eurasia where they feed on dry seeds. This necessitates drinking in both adults and young. Adults fly to water to drink; young are provided with water by the male parent in his soaked belly feathers, which are specially adapted structurally for absorbing and holding water.
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