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Aromatic Herbs Disinfect Birds’ Nests

Posted Aug 18 2009 10:00pm

Research has found that birds use aromatic herbs to disinfect their nests.

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Adele Mennerat, a biologist at the University of Bergan, Norway, reported that Blue tits line their nests with aromatic herbs, such as mint and lavender.  The aromatic herbs kill bacteria in the nest.  This creates a more sterile environment for their chicks, which grow faster and have a better survival rate.

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