American Robin
Anting
Photographed in Arlington, Virginia, by Jim Rosso

This is a picture of an American Robin that is in the process of anting. It has grabbed an ant and it is about to rub the ant on its body. They do this to obtain the formic acid from the body of the ant. This procedure is done in about 3 seconds. It is very quick. It has also been my experience that anting is done earlier in the day. It has been difficult to obtain a picture of the procedure.

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