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For humans see: Drinking behavior

Lion drinking

A lion drinking

File:Cygnus olor drinking.JPG

Cygnus olor (mute swan) drinking

Animal drinking behavior is an area of animal ethology concerned with the drinking behavior of animals


Water and drinking[]

Most birds scoop water in their beaks and raise their head to let water run down the throat. Some species, especially of arid zones, belonging to the pigeon, finch, mousebird, button-quail and bustard families are capable of sucking up water without the need to tilt back their heads.[1] Some desert birds depend on water sources and sandgrouse are particularly well known for their daily congregations at waterholes. Nesting sandgrouse and many plovers carry water to their young by wetting their belly feathers.[2] Some birds carry water for chicks at the nest in their crop or regurgitate it along with food. The pigeon family, flamingos and penguins have adaptations to produce a nutritive fluid called crop milk that they provide to their chicks.[3]

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References & Bibliography[]

  1. Hallager, Sara L. (1994). Drinking methods in two species of bustards. Wilson Bull. 106 (4): 763–764.
  2. MacLean, Gordon L. (1 June 1983). Water Transport by Sandgrouse. BioScience 33 (6): 365–369.
  3. Eraud C, Dorie A; Jacquet A & Faivre B (2008). The crop milk: a potential new route for carotenoid-mediated parental effects. Journal of Avian Biology 39 (2): 247–251.

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