“On the morning of 14th December 2014, I was strolling beside a pond in a public park when a small flock of White-crested Laughingthrushes (Garrulax leucolophus) caught my attention. They were passing through and paused briefly to preen themselves, while perched on branches overhead (above).
“One individual landed beside another and voluntarily offered its services in some hard to reach places, such as the neck region (above). Unfortunately, there seemed to be no reciprocation after the service was rendered.
“A video clip of this feather maintenance activity may be previewed here:”
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
12th July 2015