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Can this bird self-medicate with plants to kill parasites? Some researchers think so

The great bustard’s secret weapon is ... vegetation.

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At first glance, the diet of the great bustard — one of Earth’s heaviest flying birds — seems like nothing to balk at.

Bustards munch on plants and sometimes insects — a pretty typical diet for many birds.

But during mating season, they appear to favor certain foods that could offer medicinal benefits.

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