Birds and 'Anting'

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Re: Birds and 'Anting'

Postby simon.fordham » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:44 pm

The key point here is that such 'sunbathing' birds are using phototherapy to kill mites (sunlight kills mites). I understand that the addition of ants stirs up the mites, thereby increasing their exposure to sunlight.

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