The answer is that a bird’s digestive system works differently than most animals you’re familiar with. Instead of pooping and peeing separately, birds basically do it all in one! The white “poop” is actually the bird’s version of pee, which is made white because the liquids in a bird’s diet are not dissolved and digested like yours are, leaving them white and creamy. The actual poop of a bird is a separate, less-liquidy, darker part, which comes out at the same time and is usually an additional part of the droppings. Gross!!
Even though getting pooped on is usually pretty gross, lots of people believe that being pooped on by a bird is a sign of good luck!
What are some other fun “good luck signs” you know about??
Some good examples include finding a 4-leaf clover, having a ladybug land on you, and having an itch on the top of your head.
Have you heard of any others? Where do you think they came from??
Sources & links
Ritchison, Gary. “Bird Digestion - Digestive System: Food & Feeding Habits.” Department of Biological Sciences. Eastern Kentucky University. 20 Aug. 2011 Hayward, Ian. “Why is bird poo white?” Ask an Expert. 17 Sep. 2007. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. 20 Aug. 2011 “Unusual and Interesting Questions.” All About Birds. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. 20 Aug. 2011