Desert Birds

Some articles on desert birds, birds:

Countercurrent Exchange in Biological Systems - Countercurrent Exchange in Sea and Desert Birds To Conserve Water
... Sea and desert birds have been found to have a salt gland near the nostrils which concentrates brine, later to be "sneezed" out to the sea, in effect ... also been found in Namibian ostriches and other desert birds, where a buildup of salt concentration is due to dehydration and scarcity of drink water ... The glands remove the salt efficiently and thus allow the birds to drink the salty water from their environment while they are hundreds of miles away from land ...

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