the placing of ants among the feathers, done by certain birds apparently to kill parasites.

1935–40; ant + -ing1, as translation of German Einemsen Unabridged
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anting (ˈæntɪŋ)
the placing or rubbing of ants by birds on their feathers. The body fluids of the ants are thought to repel parasites

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The day was hot and hazy-maybe not so good for anting.
Relationship of anting and sunbathing to molting in wild birds.
Anting in wild birds, its frequency and probable purpose.
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