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Parts of a Chicken Digestive Tract

Avian Digestive System
Grinding action may, particularly in seed-eating birds, be assisted by grit and stones deliberately ingested. In some, like woodpeckers, the 'sticky' saliva aids in capturing prey. It does provide birds with an absorptive process that can deal with rapid and large changes in intestinal sugar concentrations. Where to get your birds? A, secretion column, B, koilin-layer surface, C, horizontal stripe indicating a 'pause' in secretion of the koilin, D, cellular debris. Return to top of page.

Merck and the Merck Veterinary Manual

Keep Your Bird’s Digestive System Healthy

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Intestinal Microflora