allopreen

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verb, transitive + intransitive al·lo·preen \ ˈa-lə-ˌprēn \

Definition of allopreen

allopreens; allopreened; allopreening
of a bird
:to preen or groom the skin or feathers of another bird
  • On other occasions in succeeding weeks the female allopreened her mate, who sometimes solicited by putting his head down.
  • —Lawrence KilhamThe American Crow and the Common Raven1991
  • Allopreening in birds is usually directed at the top of the head, a part of the body not easily reached by the recipient.
  • —James F. WittenbergerAnimal Social Behavior1981

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