Data from: Parrots consume sodium-rich palms in the sodium-deprived landscape of the Western Amazon Basin

Donald J. Brightsmith & Aimy Cáceres
Herbivorous animals face shortages of different minerals in different geographic areas. In the Amazon basin, sodium is often limiting, driving herbivores to seek supplemental sources. In the lowlands of the western Amazon basin, parrots commonly consume sodium-rich soils at clay licks but lick use varies widely among species and to date, parrots in the region have not been reported consuming other supplemental sodium sources. We document 11 species of psittacines consuming sodium-rich leaves and trunks...
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