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Dunking magpie surprises York researchers

7 September 2017 11:58 AM
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SCIENTISTS at the University of York, in collaboration with researchers at Western Sydney University, have shown that the Australian Magpie may ‘dunk’ its food in water before eating.

The research could potentially shed more light on the dietary systems of some bird species and how they respond to the defences of its prey.

Eleanor Drinkwater, PhD student at the University of York’s Department of Biology, said: “Food dunking has been seen in at least 25 bird species, particularly in birds that have high cognitive abilities.

“The Australian Magpie is an intelligent animal, but we were not expecting to see it dunking."

Source: yorkpress.co.uk

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