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Rare Australian bird farms nourishing manna from trees [New Scientist]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

An endangered Tasmanian songbird doesn’t have to wait for manna from heaven : it goes out and gathers its own.
The forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus) is the first Australian bird found to deliberately encourage trees to release manna, a sugary crystallised sap. In doing so it not only provides food for its young but might also engineer the environment in a way that benefits other Tasmanian animals.

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