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From Science Daily on 22-Nov-2016 07:59

Bird nests are home not only to the bird parents and their offspring but also to other inhabitants, such as insect larvae, which take advantage of the favorable climatic conditions and abundant supply of food in the nests. So far, there has been no research into the possible benefit for birds from this living arrangement. A team of researchers has now shown that fly larvae in nests of European bee-eaters help clean the nest by foraging on waste and uneaten food. This “waste removal” has a positive effect on offspring development and benefits the nest ecosystem.


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