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If you're attacked you could run away, fight back...or you could barf.
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Paper on Eurasian (European) roller defensive vomiting: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0068862


Bizarre paper from the 1970s showing the effects of fulmar vomit on different birds: http://bit.ly/2eGLwUk


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Eurasian roller vomiting
Parejo et al. 2012
Courtesy Dr. Deseada Parejo


MS ZI ZO Baby northern Fulmar seabird vomits defending itself in rocky corner/Iceland
Getty/Discovery FootageSource


European Roller - coracias garrulus, Hungary
Shutterstock/David Havel


European roller (coracias garrulus) on the nest
Shutterstock/Porojnicu Stelian


Eurasian Roller-5357
Wikimedia Commons/Rudraksha Chodankar


Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) flying, side-on
Wikimedia Commons/Avenue


Defensive Regurgitation
Wikimedia Commons/Siman Wagen


Oiled bird 3
Wikimedia Commons/Brocken Inaglory


Adventure World, Shirahama, Japan
Flickr/Pelican


Camel Spit
Flickr/Jason Borneman


SFX


Cockroaches
Freesound/StateAardvark­
(used with permission from author)

Squeak Pack/squeak_10
Freesound/Corsica_S

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