Chris Lee a.k.a. chrisle023 captured a private moment of an Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) taking its bath in a forest puddle. Note that the contour feathers are all fluffed up and damp, especially those around the throat. Once the bird gets out of the water, it will vigorously shake itself to get rid of excess water before settling down to preen and possible oil the feathers, using oil from its pair of uropygial or preen glands found at the base of the tail. This oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
5th March 2010
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