Two hundred plus species of bird engage in anting
Two hundred plus species of bird engage in anting.

Anting is the application of ants to the birds’ feathers and skin. Active anting occurs when a bird picks up the ants in its bill and rubs them on its body. Passive anting is when the bird lies down in an area full of ants and shifts around as if taking a dust bath. The agitated ants release chemicals such as formic acid, which help kill pests, fungus, and bacteria.

Watercolor, ink, paint pen, and white gel pen, 6″ x 6″.


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