There are a number of terms we use for everyday bird behavior. Here’s one.

Allopreening: The communal grooming of feathers birds practice when living in flocks. You can do this with your birds too. Often, a bird will lower her head in an invitation to groom her pin feathers.

Does your bird let you groom her feathers?

I am the editor in chief of Bird Talk Magazine, a California native, journalist, vegan and the proud owner of Forest and River, two German Shephards, and a turquoise green-cheeked conure named Blue.

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