Talk about multi-tasking, the cloaca is a multi-purpose opening in birds, amphibians, reptiles-certain marsupials and mammals. That’s three-in-one!
A few facts about CLOACA:
-The word, which is Latin in origin, means sewer
-Birds poop, pee, and reproduce through this opening
-Bird aficionados refer to the cloaca as the vent, a verb meaning “to defecate.”
Next time you proclaim, “I’m venting” or “I need to vent” think twice, especially if you’re present at your local Audubon Society Chapter meeting.
If you’re planning on visiting Rome, don’t forgot to see the Cloaca Maxima, one of the largest sewers ever created.