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Fascinating wildlife fact #8: Corvids use ants to get rid of parasites

Wood ants protect themselves and their colonies by spraying threatening creatures with formic acid. Corvids (birds of the crow family) sometimes take advantage of this by stretching out on or near an ant nest and letting ants climb all over them and spray them with acid. This gets rid of any pesky parasites that are bothering the birds.