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Antioxidant-rich diet reduces stress response during bird migration


A research team led by a University of Rhode Island ornithologist had birds fly in a wind tunnel to simulate migration and found that birds that consume dietary antioxidants before and during fall migration can reduce the endocrine stress response triggered by long-duration flights.

The results, published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, emphasise the importance of protecting habitat with an abundance of available berries containing antioxidants at migratory stopover sites. MORE