Why Is Pigeon Poop White? All You Need To Know
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The pigeon poop is white because of the bird`s biology. It has nothing to do with the pigeon`s diet. Mammals produce urea but pigeon`s don’t. Their nitrogen rich waste is turned into guanine or uric acid.
The uric acid or guanine reacts with water and create a sticky white paste that gives the bird poop colour. This white poop is actually pigeon pee rather we call it poop. It is generally coated with darker coloured poop.
A Pigeon’s Biology Is What Makes Their Poop White
To understand the mystery of the pigeon, the main thing to understand is the biological design of the pigeon. Mammals have separate organs that are used for storage and removal of bodily waste. But birds are developed in such a way that they do not have any separate organ for the storage and removal of bodily waste.
They do not have well developed organs such as they do not have bladder, urethra, rectum or anus. The waste product of bird are removed from the body simultaneously which is called as cloaca.
The cloaca acts as the only waste exit of the birds and some of the vertebrate also have this. Both the male and female pigeons have cloacas and it is also used by the pigeons to lay eggs.
The mixture of both the urine and faeces are the factor that is recognisable to the white poop colour. But that is only part of the process.
Mammals that include humans as well excrete their nitrogenous waste in the form of urea which is considered as the final part of urine. But this is not what exactly happens with the birds.
Instead of urea, the nitrogenous wastes of pigeons are converted into either guanine or uric acid. The main difference between the way that mammals and the birds is that mammals convert this and birds convert both the uric acid and guanine is much more powerful when it comes to reduction of water loss.
As a result, the extra water in the waste mix, that is uric acid gets reacted to form a sticky white paste. At the end, the uric acid reacts with water and create a white sticky poop. But the most important thing is that this white paste is not actually the faeces.
But if someone is doing this for fun and observe this carefully that he may find that the white part is the pigeon pee and the darker centre is the actual poop.
Choose Your Car Colour Carefully
The humans are obsessed with bird poop , and any car driver also because they know how difficult is to remove the pigeon`s poop. If anyone want to reduce the risk of the car getting covered with pigeon dropping they must park their car very carefully.
According to the studies, red colour and blue colour attract the most of the bird poop. According to the percentage, red colour attracts 18% and blue colour cars attract 14%. Followed by black colour that is 11% and white that is 7%.
The least being afflicted is green colour. These percentages do not correlate according to the RAC , it states that black is the most popular colour in UK. If you do not want your car to be the poop magnet, then think of the car colour very carefully.