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March 2019 by V. R. Duin


"Ack, Ack! Ack! Don't be cheap.
Bring us goodies, bring us a treat.
We don't have to wait on you.
You must share the work load, too".

For Dolly's eat like a bird diet, a person must eat a lot relative to size and cannot just peck at food.

Birds Eat a Lot Relative to Size

Pure Poetry? Whoever came up with the saying, “eat like a bird”, did not do research. For Dolly's eat-like-a-bird diet, a person has to devour large quantities of food. They cannot survive on banana slug nibbles.

Hit Man? Some birds eat toxins that are deadly for people. Respiratory failure from hemlock-poisoning may result after eating quail containing these seeds. The spur-wing goose consumes toxic beetles for deadly effect.

Sorbet Style? Parrots in captivity eat about 20% of their body weight per day. This adds up to 1/2 cups (118.3 milliliters) of dry pelleted feed, or more, by package directions. Abundant fresh food provides needed fiber.

Wait and See? People are surprised how much birds consume. The website for Cornell University Lab of Ornithology gives insights into avian appetites. It also has guides, cams and other ornithological information for birders.

Long View? The average 150-pound (68 kilograms) person has trouble on this diet. The average person consumes 2,000 calories per day. Assume a parrot weighs one pound (0.45 kilogram) and takes in 75 calories per day.

Curves Ahead? Multiply 75 by 150 for 11,250 human calories. This baseline helps calculate the amount of food a person must ingest to keep up with a bird. Basic requirements do not include calories for additional work.

Round Trip? Flying, running and swimming burn energy. Aerial species tend to expend the most energy. Zoologist David L. Goldstein presents metabolic information in Estimates of Daily Energy Expenditure in Birds.

Flower Power? Birds have different nutritional needs. Penguins fast during reproductive cycles. Flying birds quickly digest food to lighten their load. Some birds have crops to hold food for later digestion and avoid predation.

Birds have different dietary types. Avivores eat other birds. Carnivores eat other meat. Frugivores eat fruit. Granivores eat grains or seeds. Birds urinate, defecate and reproduce through the “cloaca”.

Hidden Assets? People chew food. Parrots swallow it whole or chop it with beaks and claws. Gizzards complete the “chewing” process for birds, reptiles, earthworms, mollusks, insects and some fish. People have no gizzard.

Lunar Cycle? Schedules may change. Gig work may be necessary. To eat like some species, people must pack away a lot of food at Early Bird daybreak. Others forage all day. Late afternoon eating may have to increase.

Holding Forth? Diners discover birds are not party animals. Popcorn must be served without butter. A fowl may become foul after consuming some fast foods. Potatoes are fine when not fried. Greasy foods are harmful.

Drawing Inspiration? Eating becomes a central life focus. A person on a bird-based regime will live to eat, and eat to live. Foragers may collect and store food, like chickadees, blue jays, crows and some woodpeckers.

Birds Don't Peck at Food.

Peak Season? Binge eating is a disorder involving consumption of large quantities of food in short time periods. This out-of-control eating resulting in discomfort may occur during holidays or in preparation for athletic events.

Chain Reaction? A feeding frenzy is common and normal in the animal kingdom. Sharks and piranhas are not the only animals competing for the largest available share. Competitive eating establishes birds' “pecking order”.

Master Stroke? Bird Feeder Frenzy sets the stage for fun and games. People compete as birds against other birds and animals in a variety of bluffing and guessing game downloads. They also are fun to watch in the below video.

Fine Focus? Gobble, gobble takes on new meaning. Gobbling may be the major task for most days. Friends without feathers and beaks are likely to gain weight. Unlike birds, people burn little energy “flying around”.

On the Block? Sugar-free candy is disallowed. It is unlikely to help weight loss when chocolate, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks must be eliminated from this diet. Calories are calories.

Organic Forms? Pureed food may meet with warm receptions. Birdseed, pellets, grains, vegetables and fruits must be kept on hand. Organic and clean, fresh foods are preferable. Empty seed hulls falsely make bowls appear full.

On the Loose? Parrots eat melon seeds first. They do not swallow the rind. They love scrambled eggs with the shells. Chicken, turkey, eggs or fish must be lean and unseasoned. Leftover food should be removed before spoiling.

Good Taste? People may have to cheat. They may have to hold their nose or brush their teeth after ingesting worms, bugs and smelly things. Food textures may be slithery, slimy, rubbery mealy, stringy or otherwise disgusting.

View Finder? Search for a hen's tooth will be unending. Most birds have no teeth. Brushing teeth is not for birds. The Goosander Tooth Duck, also called a “saw-bill”, is one of few animals with both a beak and teeth.

Home Sweet Home? There are nocturnal parrots. A person leading a night life may dine during twilight hours. “Night owls” are not shirking food duties. Tired chefs can throw together peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Style Awakening? Does this diet allow time to sleep? Parrots sleep upright with one eye open. They are half-asleep and half-alert. They break up their sleep periods. These habits may not be possible or healthy for people.

Wide Angle? Human food may not suit birds. Avocados don't belong on shopping lists. Cooked porridge dries and sticks to beaks. Seeds or pits of apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines and peaches are toxic to parrots.

Focus Group? Moldy bread is harmful. Other fruits and vegetables to be avoided for parrots include asparagus, cabbage, dried beans, eggplant, mushrooms, olives, raw onions, rhubarb and tomato leaves.

Culture Club? Variety matters to all animals. People have a tendency to apply personal food regimes to household pets. Dietary deficiencies, obesity and chronic illness can result. Pets are less active than wild counterparts.

Seeing Red? Medications should not be hidden in food or water. Parrots have strong senses of smell and taste. They may refuse to sample anything with a “tainted” odor. Force-feeding methods may be indicated.

Quality Control? Vitamin and mineral requirements differ among animals. Supplementation with vitamin D3 is important for indoor parrots. It is important to provide specific avian vitamins. Plumage has special needs.

Life and Death Matter? Some foods enjoyed by people may not be pleasing to birds. Dates and figs are examples. Many birds refuse these fruits. They may suffer digestive tract problems after consumption.

Free Spirit? A person is welcome to try the avian diet. A pet rarely can eat the same pet food daily and receive proper nutrition. It is not healthy for people to eat like their pets. This dieting challenge should not last long.

Scenic Route? In the following video, V. R. Duin's “grand chicks” chow down on plain ramen noodles. There is accompanying sound. The video was provided courtesy of her daughter. (17 seconds)