An owlet "yarping" a pellet

Pellets are the waste of owls; the gizzard compacts all the bones and fur, which the owl cannot digest, and regurgitates, or "yarps" it up through its beak. Owls and nest-maid snakes call birds who cannot yarp "wet poopers," a highly offensive term.


  • Owls aren't the only birds that regurgitate pellets. Other bird species that produce pellets include grebes, cormorants, herons, vultures, hawks, falcons, kestrels, shorebirds, gulls, terns, kingfishers, kingbirds, crows, ravens, jays, dippers and shrikes.


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