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Vocabulary: "snarge"

This is a gross but fascinating term relating to forensic ornithology.


snarge — that's the bird goo that is wiped off an aircraft after it hits a bird.

Team Works To Identify Birds Hit By Planes

Carla Dove and her team at the feather-identification lab at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, study snarge — that's the bird goo that is wiped off an aircraft after it hits a bird.

If any bird remains are found on the US Airways jet that crashed Thursday in the Hudson River in New York City, it will be sent to Dove's lab in Washington. The lab gets about 4,000 such samples each year.

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