Preening

• (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Preen
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preening

(from the article `arachnid`) ...are capable of producing rasping sounds by rubbing together horny ridges or other special sound-producing structures. Sound may be used in general ... [6 related articles]
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Preening

is a common activity by animals to clean their fur or feathers, removing dirt and parasites. Particularly important in birds to keep their feathers in good order.
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Preening

The process that birds use to keep their feathers in order; to maintain the protection that the feathers provide for the bird.
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Preening

grooming of the feathers, pulling the beak down the feather to clean and straighten it; preening is a behavior of birds in a relaxed state.
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Preening

The process by which a bird cleans, arranges, and cares for its feathers, usually by using its bill to adjust and smooth feathers.
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Preening

to straighten and clean feathers, typically with oil
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Preening

Feathers are essential to birds, being used for flight, warmth, waterproofing, streamlining and display or camouflage. Preening is the act of maintaining feathers by keeping them in order with repeated stroking movements of the bill or feet. At the same time oil from the preen gland at the upper base of the tail is often applied to the plumage, alt...
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