How to translate text using browser tools
1 June 2004 White-winged Crossbills Obtain Forage from River Otter Feces
Daniel Gallant
Author Affiliations +

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 Kouchibouguac 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.

Daniel Gallant "White-winged Crossbills Obtain Forage from River Otter Feces," The Wilson Bulletin 116(2), 181-184, (1 June 2004).
Received: 28 October 2003; Accepted: 1 July 2004; Published: 1 June 2004
Get copyright permission
Back to Top