Paddyfield Pipit enjoying a dust-bath

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Johnny Wee encountered a Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) at Lorong Halus enjoying a sand bath recently.

This is one of a few methods birds uses to keep their feathers in top condition LINK. It lies down on the dusty ground, moves vigorously about, fluffing its feathers at the same time to drive the dust particles through its plumage. This practice helps get rid of ectoparasites as well as removing old oil gland secretions.

Other methods of feather maintenance includes water bathing LINK, sunning LINK, preening LINK and anting LINK.

Johnny Wee
Singapore
March 2012

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