Does the Bassian Thrush fart?

Just as zoologists have been mystified by ‘sightings’ of large black cats prowling country Victoria, so too have ornithologists been perplexed by reports of a bird that farts.

It’s long been thought that birds would be unable to expulse gas due to the design of their cloaca.

But in 1983 a birder reported that a Bassian Thrush appeared to emit a noise from their rear while foraging for worms.

Jacinta Parsons picks the story up with Sean Dooley from BirdLife Australia who hasn’t yet ruled the possibility out.

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