Ornithochory

Ornithochory

 

the distribution by birds of fruits and seeds of plants; a somewhat uncommon type of zoochory. Birds carry seeds and fruits in their tarsi, bills, or cheek pouches. They hide food reserves near tree stumps, under moss, and elsewhere. Some seeds do not lose their viability after passing through the digestive tract of certain birds, such as buntings, robins, and thrushes. Sometimes fruits and seeds cling to the feathers, bills, or feet of birds and are thus distributed.

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jamacaru fruits present characteristics indicating ornithochory as their dispersion syndrome (as is common by cactus species) (Silva, 1988; Leon de la Luz and Dominguez, 1991; Silvius, 1995; Soriano et al.
Mammalochory, dispersal by mammals, and ornithochory, dispersal by birds, are also found.
Seed dispersal in the tree Commiphora guillaumini: a combination of ornithochory and myrmecochory in a dry tropical forest in western Madagascar.