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    Monday Trivia: Crop Milk

    Pigeon parents produce a substance called crop milk to feed their hatchlings. High in fat and protein, it's more like clumpy cottage cheese than liquid milk, and it contains nutrients and antibodies to nourish the young.



    Flamingoes and emperor penguins feed their young on a similar substance.

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    What makes crop milk most unusual is that it's produced by male as well as female birds.
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    Wow, do they regurgitate it then? I notice that they babies are picking at their parent's beak.
    Vonnie

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      #3
      Re: Monday Trivia: Crop Milk

      Yes, regurgitated.
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        Did you know it only takes baby pigeons 17 days from hatching to sexual maturity? That's why you never see baby pigeons, which are UGLY by the way!
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          Re: Monday Trivia: Crop Milk

          Originally posted by LauraP View Post
          Did you know it only takes baby pigeons 17 days from hatching to sexual maturity? That's why you never see baby pigeons, which are UGLY by the way!
          Glad humans aren't that way! Can you imagine dealing with a teenager 17 days after birth when you are still trying to learn how to be a parent!
          Vonnie

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            #6
            Re: Monday Trivia: Crop Milk

            Well, yes. But since you could have a baby every month you would only mess up the first ten and then you would be an expert
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