What Do Desert Birds Drink?
Written by Bob Sundstrom
That is BirdNote.
[Desert atmosphere with insect buzz and call of Gambel’s Quail]
Within the desert Southwest, summer time temperatures sizzle, rising properly over 100 levels. And in some components of the desert, there may be not a drop of water for miles.
But some birds thrive on this scorching panorama. Right here a Black-throated Sparrow sings from a thorn scrub. [song of Black-throated Sparrow] Now, a Cactus Wren proclaims itself atop a barrel cactus. [Cactus Wren song] And neither can be flying miles every single day to the closest supply of water. So how do they survive?
Birds, like all animals, perish with out water. Desert birds, nevertheless, benefit from little or no. They tuck into the shade within the warmth of the day, so that they gained’t lose water in panting. They’ve extraordinarily environment friendly kidneys, so that they excrete nearly no liquid. And so they get hold of moisture from meals, like nectar and fruit in addition to bugs and different prey. [Insect sounds and Black-throated Sparrow song] Even when consuming primarily seeds, Black-throated Sparrows are in a position to extract sufficient water from this dry meals that they might by no means have to take a drink.
[Thunder storm sounds]
Nonetheless, when that subsequent late summer time thunderstorm arrives, it’s a must to assume these momentary puddles are going to look mighty refreshing.
[Thunder storm sounds, rain and song of Black-throated Sparrows]
Soundscapes featured in right this moment’s present have been recorded by Gordon Hempton and supplied courtesy of QuietPlanet.com. Hear once more at BirdNote.org.
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Again-throated Sparrow  and Cactus Wren  recorded by G. A. Keller.
Desert sounds recorded by Gordon Hempton: dpa desert thunder birds; and Nature Necessities SFX Thunder #7, Rain Aftermath #15, and name of Gambel’s Quail, Nature Necessities SFX#136 supplied by QuietPlanet.com
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