Sunday, December 2, 2018

My Weekend Joy of Life: Sunday, December 2, 2018

Scrub jays, among other birds, like to rub themselves with ants.
Scrub jays, among other birds, like to rub themselves with ants. 442683/PUBLIC DOMAIN

Birds Rub Ants---Huh?

Another great science story, or, as I've written previously, more science stuff:

It turns out that some birds love to rub themselves with ant bodies; and some birds even roll around on top of ants' nests.

From Atlas Obscura, a web site I think everyone should be checking out every day, this article says that although people have been aware of this behavior for some time, and some researchers have studied it, no one really knows why (and maybe there are a few reasons, and/or different reasons for different birds, and so on).




1 comment:

Jeff Wynn said...

Brings back bad memories of an Army Ant bivouac-change right through our jungle camp - under MY hammock, in the middle of the NIGHT - next to the Yuruari River in southern Venezuela.

I have not like ants since then.