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Allopreening is a behavior often seen in a mated pair of birds (allogrooming also occurs in mammal species most notably primates). Allopreening is the mutual preening of another birds feathers. Sometimes the preening will switch back and forth from bird to bird. This behavior can be performed to enhance feather maintenance (keeping feathers clean of parasites) or to strengthen social bonds. The receiver of the preening will often lower their head, fluff out their feathers and in general have an 'Awwmygawh that feels good' look on their face. Birds attached to humans will also preen their humans, either trying to preen their hair, beard, moustache, eyebrows...eyelashes... It's one of the most adorable bird behaviors I've ever seen (well, with the exception of a parrot trying to preen your eyelashes, that might hurt).
So here is a feature of birds being adorable with each other!

Green Preen by q-118PUFFIN POSERS by lightraeLove Birds by Crackers9458Preen me by Silenced-DreamsPreening by Feuillyien
Here, Let Me Get That by CiamethHawk-Headed Parrot Love by meihuaHere ill preen you by parrots4lifeMwah Budgie Kisses by Murphy1210Love is in the air - Bali Mynahs by meihua
love by colorado-sparrowPenguin Preen by the-night-foxLorikeets - Rainbows of Color by OrioNebula'Love' by Jamie-MacArthurThere's nothing like your woman spoiling you.... by emmil
Penguin's Preening by Elle-ArdenPreening Puffin Pair by CanislupuscoraxA Parrot Pair by insolitus-mundus.:.  Let's Play Twister  .:. by AdARDurdenMutual Preening by andy-j-s
It Must Be Love by cycozeBeard Fixing by CanislupuscoraxAffection by ewmMutual by FurLined


And some of my own (I really should put more up)
Raven neck scritches by DeeOtterPoofy hornbill by DeeOtterThrush preening by DeeOtterProbbing for brains by DeeOtterDuck Nuzzle by DeeOtterThat's the spot by DeeOtter
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cycoze Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I miss my budgie, he used to allopreen me all the time... but sometimes it ends up hurting!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Dawww.
I kinda know the feeling. The young lorikeets at the zoo would attempt to do that...but they'd start with my eyebrows...
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you for including two of my pieces in this absolutely amazing feature :+favlove:
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Jamie-MacArthur Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you very much ;-)
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Being allopreened is a wonderful experience.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The only time I've been allopreened was by the lorikeets at the Oregon Zoo (adorable birds)....and they attempted to preen my ear and my eyebrow. I miss those birds. I need to visit them next time I'm back in Portland.
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I get it fairly often from Squirrel (one of my cockatiels). I love having parrots.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a cute name for a cockatiel.
I wouldn't mind having a parrot. Not in the right living situation to properly care for one right now though.
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure why he was named that - it's the name he came with. He'd been through a few homes before ours. But, it does fit him, oddly enough. xD

I'm in an apartment, so I kind of have to be careful of what types of birds I have (due to noise level and whatnot) - but they let us have our cockatiels and budgies, fortunately. It was hard to find a place that allowed birds.

Maybe someday you'll be able to have a parrot. They're fun.
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