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Webmaster Posted 13-Jan-2015 09:04


From Science Daily, New York Times and BBC on 13-Jan-2015 09:04

Hoophoes cover their eggs with a secretion produced by themselves, loaded with mutualistic bacteria, which is then retained by a specialized structure in the eggshell that increases successful hatching. So far this sort of behavior has only been detected in this species of birds, and it is a mechanism to protect their eggs from infections by pathogens.

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