Do buzzards poop or do they just throw up?

The Turkey Vulture, also known as turkey buzzard (or just buzzard) can do both, poop and vomit. Feces and urine are combined and voided through a single opening called a cloaca. It is the common passage for urine, feces, sp3rm and eggs in birds.

They have a terrific digestive system, its digestive juices kills bacteria which is why vultures don't get sick from eating rotten meat-- defecating on their legs might even work as an antiseptic wash!

Vultures direct the cloaca downward and forward to defecate on its bare legs or feet. Just as with sweat, the liquid feces evaporate and the vulture is made cooler. The scientific term for this manner of behavior is called urohidrosis.

Just months after the news that the vulture-killing drug diclofenac had been licensed for veterinary use in Europe, two ground-breaking scientific studies have revealed that a greater diversity of birds of prey, including some eagles, are susceptible to its effects than previously thought. Find out more at Surfbirds News.

Updated on Thursday, June 12 2014 at 12:47PM EDT
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