How Do Birds Drink Water?

All birds, including this lesser goldfinch, need water. (Photo: Creative Commons)
All birds, including this lesser goldfinch, need water. (Photo: Creative Commons)

by Dawn Hewitt | Managing Editor, Bird Watcher’s Digest

Just like you and me, birds need water to survive. Most birds drink some water every day, but they don’t drink the way we mammals do. Their anatomy is obviously quite different from ours. For one thing, they don’t have cheeks and lips! With a few exceptions, birds lack the ability to suction liquid into their throats, as horses do. Most birds drink by filling their bill with water—often from morning dew on leaves—then tilting their head back, using gravity to send the liquid into their digestive tract.

Read the entire article at Bird Watchers Digest.