16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother bluebird flies off holding mucous pouch from chicks.

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 flying off with a pouch she just removed.

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