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Old 02-14-2020, 05:25 PM   #1
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Taste Buds in Birds

Found this very interesting about taste buds in birds. From Avian Conservation & Education Network at https://www.facebook.com/Wildlifeconservationwithwings/

"Birds do have taste buds, but not as many as we do. A pigeon has fewer than 100 taste buds on its tongue compared to our 10,000. The bird’s taste buds usually are at the base of the tongue since the front of many birds’ tongues are hard like a callous."
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:45 PM   #2
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This was interesting. I always watched my birds mouths when I gave them something new to eat. They always touched the new food/treat with their tongues and immediately knew if they liked the new item or not.



Btw---that pic cracked me up!



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Weird!
Thats interesting! I've always wondered what are the little tonsil looking balls in their mouths just inside the corner of the beak?
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The lack of taste buds is one of the reasons most birds like hot food. Jules eats hot peppers by the bowl full. We grow a bunch of plants for her every summer just so we can get fresh hot pepper veggies in her. Of course, you have to watch out for spicy kisses.
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The lack of taste buds is one of the reasons most birds like hot food. Jules eats hot peppers by the bowl full. We grow a bunch of plants for her every summer just so we can get fresh hot pepper veggies in her. Of course, you have to watch out for spicy kisses.

Birds are biologically unable to register the effects of capsaicin—the chemical that makes peppers feel “hot” in your mouth—they don’t feel the burn like we do.
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Birds are biologically unable to register the effects of capsaicin—the chemical that makes peppers feel “hot” in your mouth—they don’t feel the burn like we do.
But I think they get something out of it. Maybe not the hot like we do but a sort of flavor they do not get from less hot food. I know both of mine were drawn to hot and spicy stuff.
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Of course, you have to watch out for spicy kisses.
Huey loves fish and he gets super lovey after. I hate fish blucccckkkk. Ill take a spicey kiss any day
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But I think they get something out of it. Maybe not the hot like we do but a sort of flavor they do not get from less hot food. I know both of mine were drawn to hot and spicy stuff.
Not sure if it work's the same way in birds but sometimes spicy food can give off an anti-inflammatory effect that makes for a relaxing effect. I know capsaicin is one of those foods that can be relaxing for some people after they are consumed.
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