How do avocets preen?

To: Wallaces <>
Subject: How do avocets preen?
From: David Rees <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:19:09 +0000
Good one, can compare what Steve will show close up with this birds' northern Hemisphere relation at


On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:41 PM, Wallaces <> wrote:
The avocets strongly curved beak must complicate preening.  The avocets at
Bimbi Beach were close enough to see how they preened. From what I could
see, they mostly  their neck so the curved beak was flat on, or slightly
above, the feathers, allowing the tip to reach individual feathers. I will
put up a video later but attached is a photo cut from it.


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