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Anting: Avian Spa Treatment?
BirdNote
Aired:
06/26/2012
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Birds may control parasites on their bodies with the help of ants.

 

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On a warm, sunny day, an American Robin flops on the ground, wings outstretched and tail splayed behind. The robin sits astride an anthill, and the ants are swarming over its body! This is called "anting," and probably has to do with transferring the ants' formic acid to the bird's body.


 
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