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Thread subject: Bathroom talk
Name Date Message
Shelley 07/14/05 11:06 am This may have been discussed last year but if it was, I can't really remember what the answer was. Celeste, Cec, maybe you can bring out those books....


We have all had the pleasure of witnessing the rockets firing. But do birds (as other animals) excrete both liquid and solid waste or is it a two-for-one deal? For lack of a more delicate term. And if the latter is the case, are they alone in the animal kingdom to do this?


Inquiring minds want to know...
Pam 07/14/05 11:39 am Well I for one have never seen them use toilet roll ...
karen 07/14/05 11:43 am Shelley it is all one combined process in birds. Both liquid and solid come out together ... this has a specific name but that I do not remember and no books at work.
Melanie 07/14/05 11:50 am cloaca?
CathyMeyer 07/14/05 11:54 am While we're on this topic, had to mention that I've found the backward walking to the edge of the nest to eliminate quite 'ferret like'. Anyone who has ever owned a ferret will notice the resemblance of the ferret tail in the air and running backwards. Ferrets however prefer a corner of their cage and hence the triangular plastic potty pans.
Shelley 07/14/05 12:00 pm I just looked it up:

cloaca - 2 [New Latin, from Latin] : the common chamber into which the intestinal, urinary, and generative canals discharge in birds, reptiles, amphibians, and many fishes; also : a comparable chamber of an invertebrate


Is this what you meant, Melanie?
karen 07/14/05 12:07 pm Thanks Mel! I knew there was a specific term just could not get it out of my brain ....
Cecilia 07/14/05 01:24 pm I think the term, cloaca, also includes the opening from the digestive tract to the outside of the bird's body...hence the term, "The cloacal kiss"...that's when the male rubs his cloaca against the female's and deposits the sperm.

BNA calls the combination of urine and feces, "the cloacal fluid."

Melanie 07/14/05 04:52 pm Yup. Cloaca - it derives from the latin for sewer. Now isn't that just special?
Shelley 07/14/05 05:05 pm Hehe...it's all in the plumbing, isn't it, no matter who you are ;-)
Madeline 07/15/05 12:07 pm Speacking of poop, I looked up[ the name GUANO and it is chiefly excreatment from seafowl use for fertalizer. Also bat guano

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