Bet You’ve Never Seen This Before…

This is a Kingfisher casting a pellet. These kinds of birds (along with owls, herons and shrikes, etc.) swallow their prey whole. Much of it is digested but the leftovers—feathers, fur, scales, bones, etc.—get compacted into the bird’s crop and coughed up a short time later.

Not exactly pretty but, absolutely, one of those cool things that should make you want to call over the nearest kid (or the nearest person who’s still a kid at heart) and watch their reaction to the video.

Also, if you find one of those pellets, dissect it. You’ll get an idea of what the bird has been eating.

How do you find the pellets? By looking around the perches where the bird hunts or roosts. Happy hunting!


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