Blue tits bring medicinal plants to nests


This is a video of blue tit chicks leaving their nestbox for the first time.

From the BBC:

Blue tits use medicinal plants to disinfect their nests, scientists have discovered.

The birds line their nests with aromatic plants such as mint or lavender, which kill bacteria.

That creates a more sterile environment for chicks, which in turn grow faster and have a better chance of survival. …

The researchers describe their results in the journal Oecologia.

They found that aromatic plants, including lavender (Lavandula stoechas), apple mint (Mentha suaveolens), the curry plant (Helichrysum itlaicum) and Achillea ligustica significantly change the composition of bacterial communities living on blue tit nestlings.

Thieves have stolen hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins from the Natural History Museum’s collection based at Tring in Hertfordshire. Police are investigating the theft: here.

Young birds: here.

There are hundreds of bird species throughout the world that will readily use bird houses and nest boxes, however, and knowing which species are most likely to become tenants can help you prepare to be a bird landlord: here.

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