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Penny Olsen

Penny Olsen

Honorary Professor in the Division of Ecology and Evolution, Australian National University
Most of my career was spent as a field researcher, with broad interests, but specialising in ornithology. Now I write about natural history and its practitioners.

High fliers: pleasure-seeking parrots are using aromatic plants, stinky ants and alcohol

Jun 20, 2024 05:28 am UTC| Nature

Birds have been known to seek out pungent chemicals for various reasons. Some consume fermented fruits with gusto and suffer the ill effects. Others expose themselves to ants, but only the stinky kind. These ants produce...

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