Australian Magpie "anting"or what?

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Subject: Australian Magpie "anting"or what?
From: Roaminoz - <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:11:26 +0000
I see this often with our resident maggies .... I always thought they were 
'letting in heat from the sun' to kill mites ???

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Sent: Wednesday, 21 October 2020 4:28 PM
Subject: Australian Magpie "anting"or what?

For years I’ve been watching magpies in Blackheath, regardless of the 
temperature, mild or red-hot, lying down in a sort of trance-like state. But 
they are alert. Someone somewhere mentioned that they are “anting”. Any 
published papers and evidence available on what they are actually doing?


David Jackson

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