Bird Glossary - Grit
Birds like doves and gallinules are most likely to use this technique. It was thought for a while that smaller birds, like parakeets, needed grit to digest their food, but it has since been found that they do not.
One threat to birds is that they will find lead shot pellets (from a hunter´s shotgun) on the ground and eat those, and the lead in the shot will slowly poison the bird. For this reason lead shot is being outlawed in many areas.
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