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preening Grooming behaviour that is performed by birds for the maintenance of feathers. Preening cleans feathers, but also oils them with a substance secreted by a preen gland near the tail; the bird applies this substance with the tip of its bill. The oil renders the feathers supple and water-resistant, and ingested oil supplies the bird with some vitamin D.

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preening

preening Grooming behaviour that is performed by birds for the maintenance of feathers. Preening cleans feathers, but also oils them with a substance secreted by a preen gland near the tail: the bird applies this substance with the tip of its bill. The oil renders the feathers supple and water-resistant, and ingested oil supplies the bird with some vitamin D.

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"preening." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved December 09, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/preening-0