Preening describes how a bird cleans and smoothes its feathers.


A bird cleans and smoothes its feathers by meticulously drawing each feather through its beak or bill during the natural behavior of preening. The careful maintenance of a feather coat is time-consuming but necessary to survival. Experts estimate that parrots in the wild spend as much as one quarter of their waking hours on feather care.


Nothing. This is a natural behavior and should not be disturbed.

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