TIL that over 200 bird species including the Northern Cardinals, wild turkeys and Baltimore Orioles use a method of pest control called “anting.” They take an ant in their beak and wipe their tail feathers in order to deter lice. The ants release formic acid that the birds utilize routinely.

Read more: https://www.worldbirds.org/cardinal-bird-facts/

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  1. Do they eat the ants too? Bc I will dump pots filled with ants and birds come flying and I thought were eating them. Maybe they were just rolling around in them though.

  2. So, interesting! I watch birds in the woods behind my house in Fairfax County. So cool. The birds, apparently, are going to feast soon as the cicadas are coming soon. Havent heard one as of yet.

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