Anting: It’s a Bird Thing

ant crow
© Deborah Jones 2014

In summer it’s common to find a bird flattened on the ground, wings splayed. It may seem injured, but will roust if approached — and when the interruption is over, return with the determination of a junkie seeking a fix, to sprawl on the same spot.

Look closely — a telephoto lens helps — and you’ll likely see it swarming with ants … read more in Dispatches, Science (free public access).

Anting — a Science brief