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Geophagy behavior of the scarlet macaw
The scarlet macaw, like other parrots and macaws species, ingests soil, a behavior known as geophagy. Mineral substances ingestion, including clay, neutralizes the toxins it had in its intestine, due to its diet. Their gathering on the river banks, in the rainforests or in the marshes, offers an outstanding spectacle. Many other species, for instance among mammals, practice geophagy.
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