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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 I-Heart-Photos'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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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think our previous downstairs neighbor had birds. I kept hearing chirping and I think I saw a bird cage through the window once. Not sure why they moved out. Maybe someone knew for sure that they had a pet. The only pet that is allowed here are goldfish. Can't even have a hamster or a reptile that will spend most of the time in their habitat...
A lot of macaws are REALLY noisy. I think the great greens are the noisiest that I've met. Hyacinth Macaws are pretty loud too and I suppose lorikeets can be noisy...especially when they are right next to your ear.
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Our apartments don't allow pets, but they let us have our birds - I'm guessing they'd probably allow other small, caged pets, too - but we made sure they put the birds being allowed on our lease. So far, I haven't heard any complaints about them - the people in the building who have mentioned hearing them to me have mentioned that they enjoy hearing them. So, yay.

Macaws can be noisy, from what I understand, though I haven't ever had one, or anything. I want to see and/or meet a hyacinth macaw someday - they are so pretty! I've never met a lorikeet. I wish there were more parrot people around here - I don't really know any, except for my husband.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! Maybe that was the case with the others...either way I think I'd want them back...this years neighbors aren't super awesome, but they could be a lot worse (found the remains of someone partying too hard on the steps a few weeks ago..hasn't happened again and someone cleaned it up!)

I don't think Tracy aviary has any hyacinth macaws. The closest place may be either Zoo Boisy or Denver if they still have a pair, or Pueblo Zoo I think may have one. Been a while since I've seen one. I think the last spot I was at was at the Rio Grande Zoo or Akron in Ohio.

Lorikeets are awesomeee! I got to know a handful of individuals at the Oregon Zoo. One of the birds would come land on me regardless if I had food or not and would sometimes cuddle up on my shoulder. Then there was..I think 2 years or so ago babies that are a real handful. They'd land on people in a flock (~5 lorikeets at a time, depending how much arm/head space a person had). It was adorable. Until they found out they could bite people like they bite their siblings, and that they could steal earrings/nametags.
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Photographer
Nothing tickles me more than seeing a bird preen a human!
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW I learned something new :w00t:
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really Awesome!!
Cindy
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
They are all just so cute !! :D
Thanks for your Generous Support by including my pic !! :dalove:
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I-Heart-Photos Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you for including my photo in this feature!!!! Love all of the wonderful photos here!!!
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   General Artist
it's the best journal i've seen yet :clap: wonderful :clap:
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ShiroIri Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is the sweetest bird behavior i have ever seen!
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lightrae Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you for including my puffin photo.
I agree that this is one of the more endearing bird behaviors and it's sometimes very complicated.
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Elle-Arden Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, cute! Thanks for including one of mine. :D
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :D
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Narunar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh <3
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Aw, these are wonderful.
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