Darter with wound

To: "'Megan Mears'" <>, "'COG Chatline'" <>
Subject: Darter with wound
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2013 17:29:25 +1000
Yes the advices (if consistent with Mark's) are correct. For anyone in the habit of cooking or eating chicken (or duck or whatever), you can easily find these two preen glands under the skin at upper side of the base of the tail. I always remove the preen glands, as I think they are not as nice to eat as the rest of the chicken's tail.
I suggest a change to the entry about Darter with wound on your webpage.
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From: Megan Mears [
Sent: Sunday, 5 May 2013 4:54 PM
To: COG Chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] Fwd: Darter with wound

Hi again, thanks to those who already replied about the Darter (who happily all said the same thing!)

I'm really pleased to know this is not a wound, but the preen gland. I have read about that with swans but have never seen it.

Thanks so much,


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From: Megan Mears <>
Date: Sun, May 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Subject: Darter with wound
To: COG Chatline <>

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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