Australian Magpie “anting” or what?

What I sent last night appears to have not gone through yet. Maybe best just to call it sunning when that is what it is and leave the word anting to when there are ants. Easy. But they may be connected. This sunning behaviour (and certainly not just magpies) often has the birds in a sort of trance like behaviour. But then there are other things that will do that to a bird. “hypnotise chooks”. For example



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Penny Brockman



On Wed, 21 Oct 2020, at 5:28 PM, wrote:

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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