Ozzie the budgie, courtesy of Karen Kall, Illinois.
Although uncommon,coprophagy is more likely seen in smaller pet parrots, such as budgies and cockatiels.
Coprophagous: (adjective) Feeding on excrement. Coprophagy (noun; the practice of feeding on feces) is not uncommon in all animal species. Typically it happens due to diet or behavior issues. Birds very rarely eat their feces. If a pet bird is coprophagous, it is probably because of a nutritional deficiency (lack of nutrients or just lack of food). Pet bird owners should clean cages daily and make sure dropping don’t harden in layers on perches. They should also make sure their pet birds receive the right amount of food each day and food that contains the right nutrients. If your bird has a coprophagous problem, take him to an avian veterinarian for a full checkup to rule out any medical issues. Although uncommon and considered abnormal in parrots, coprophagy is more likely seen in smaller pet parrots, such as budgies and cockatiels. Coprophagy is not uncommon in dogs. For dogs the reasons are typically behavior or nutritional. Also, many small animals practice coprophagy for dietary purposes. For example, rabbits excrete hard fecal pellets, but they also excrete soft fecal pellets (sometimes called cecotropes) that have high levels of vitamins K and B, protein and fiber. The rabbits eat the cecotropes to help them survive when there is little to no food.
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