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Opisthocomus hoazin - The Flying Cow

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Moselio Schaechter of Small Things Considered has authored a post about the work of Maria Dominguez-Bello of the University of Puerto Rico who has been studying Opisthocomus hoazin, a unique bird who is known to carry out a pre-gastric (ruminal) fermentation. Dominguez-Bello has been investigating the microbiome of the bird's crop, an enlarged area of the esophagus, and how it changes from infancy to adulthood.

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