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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