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parrot clay lick photo

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An eroded river bank offers parrots the chance to visit a clay-lick on the upper Rio Napo, Ecuador. Here they gather in noisy flocks to gnaw the red earth. The exact reason for this behavior is unknown. Scientists believe it supplements their diet with nutrients and neutralizes toxins absorbed when the birds eat slightly poisonous nuts and seeds.

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