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Seeing Sick Birds Boosts Canaries’ Immune Responses

Unlike humans, domestic canaries don’t have the option of social distancing when one of their own is ill. But canaries may have evolved a nifty workaround for protecting their populations when disease strikes!

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Sources:
https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/mycoplasmosis/mycoplasma-gallisepticum-infection-in-poultry
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rsbl.2021.0125

The mere sight of illness may kick-start a canary’s immune system

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https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/06/visual-immune-response-birds/619137/
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0956797610368064
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01397/full

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https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/close-up-of-canary-serinus-canaria-domestica-gm1279019816-377760077
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/canary-islands-gm139904264-1785888
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/canary-gm1093631520-293493286
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/immune-system-gm951668074-259777128
https://www.istockphoto.com/vector/christmas-canaries-gm165685155-11329281
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Quick_simple_diagram_of_the_behavioral_immune_system.png
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/canary-bird-inside-a-cage-of-steel-wires-perched-on-a-wooden-stick-gm1139176480-304405243

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