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Uropygial Gland: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

Secretions from the uropygial gland keep birds waterproof
By Cioli & Hunnicutt/Bowtie Studio/Courtesy Carina Pasulu
Parrots use the oil from their uropygial gland when they groom.

Uropygial gland: (noun) A gland at the underside base of certain avian species’ tails that produces secretions birds use to preen feathers and keep them water proofed. The secretions also contain vitamin D precursors. Although found in most parrots, Amazon parrots do not have an uropygial gland.

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Barbara, Kerrville, TX
Posted: 4/12/2011 12:42:08 PM
I agree with Eileen, how do you pronounce this word?
valeriwe, glen oaks, NY
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OK, Got it!
joan, franklin square, NY
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thank you
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