BIRD OF THE WEEK — PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER — BOSQUE de POMAC NATIONAL SANCTUARY — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER

The Peruvian Plantcutter is a cotinga, part of a diverse group of Neotropical birds that includes the Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Palkachupa Cotinga, and Andean Cock-of-the-rock.

Female-Peruvian-Plantcutter-in-Tumbesian-habitat_Photo-by-Jean-Paul-Perret-and-Dan-Lebbin

The Peruvian Plantcutter has a short, conical bill like a Northern Cardinal’s, but with an important addition — serrated edges. These tooth-like ridges allow the plantcutter to chew vegetation into a pulp before swallowing, which is something quite rare in the bird world. Plus, this bird has extra-efficient intestines that process large amounts (for a songbird) of plant material in a short time.

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