16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother cleaning up after the kids by taking used mucous pouch out of the nest.

How do bird keep their nest clean once the chicks start making waste? The chicks produce a mucous membrane ("fecal pouch") containing the waste so the parents can remove it. Here, the mother is pulling out such a pouch for disposal.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Suwanee, Georgia, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T7i
Copyright: © West Fullerton