Darter with wound

To: "'Megan Mears'" <>, "'COG Chatline'" <>
Subject: Darter with wound
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2013 16:41:31 +1000



This is not a wound, it is actually a critical part of a bird’s anatomy. It is called the preen gland and it secretes a substance that is used by birds to help keep their feathers in good shape. You will often see birds with their heads or bills rubbing around this area then going to another part of their plumage and working it through their feathers.





From: Megan Mears [
Sent: Sunday, 5 May 2013 4:31 PM
To: COG Chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] Darter with wound


Hello, I have photographed a Darter at my local north Watson Wetlands these past 2 days and I noticed that the Darter has a wound above its tail. Any comments about whether this is a common bird or Darter type wound, would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Megan Mears

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