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Birds of El Paso County


November 28, 2018

Raptor pellets in the birding world refer to undigested parts of the food that raptors eat. The contents of a pellet depends on the raptor’s diet. Science classes around the world use the pellets for education by dissecting them and studying the contents. All birds have a proventriculus, or glandular stomach. You may hear this referred to as a second stomach or most commonly known as the gizzard. This is where the body stores foods that are undigestible. With raptors, this usually consist of bone and fur of whatever rodent or smaller bird or fish it has eaten.

Pellets take about six to...

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