Oriental White-eye and Cinereous Tit enjoying a passive bath

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Oriental White-eye – video grab.

An Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) and a Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus) were caught on video enjoying a passive bath. They were perching on a branch when droplets of water decended on them from a nearby birdbath where a few bulbuls were splashing around. The birds simply remained where they were and soaked in the drops.

Cinereous Tit – video grab,

Once their feathers soaked in enough water, they would naturally fluffed them, followed by a preening session.

Many birds do not take shelter when it rains, unless the rain is heavy LINK. This is one way of keeping their feathers in good condition. Other methods include water bathing, dust bathing, anting and sunning.

Lakshmi Ravishankar
Pune, India
26th October 2016

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