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"dust glands???" #195517 06/29/07 12:21 AM
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I was on another bird site and someone was talking about dust glands. I have never heard of that. I know that as the feathers break the sheaths apart, they kind of disintegrate into dust, what we know as parrot dust, but i was unaware that a gland actually produces dust...anybody know anything about it?

Re: "dust glands???" [Re: LoveMyBoys] #195541 06/29/07 01:51 AM
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Wow thats a new one on me. never heard of it.


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Re: "dust glands???" [Re: KeetCrazy] #195544 06/29/07 02:01 AM
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Me too, I've never heard of dust glands.
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Re: "dust glands???" [Re: Laurie] #195557 06/29/07 02:42 AM
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neither has google lol...(shrugs)


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Re: "dust glands???" [Re: buddy] #195572 06/29/07 03:37 AM
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its above the tail birds rub there heads on it to preen themselves


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Re: "dust glands???" [Re: I luv GiGi and Yogi] #195577 06/29/07 04:04 AM
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That isn't a dust gland though.

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Anatomy of a budgie - Rump
In the range of the lower back budgies have a so called uropygial gland or preening gland. This gland supplies the oily substance the birds need for protecting their plumage against dust and water. While preening, budgies apply this substance to every feather nearly each day.

In order to be able to survive in their natural habitat, budgies and most other birds need a water rejecting plumage. During preening, they nibble on their uropygial gland, get some oil into their beaks and then put it on the feathers with the help of their tongues. The photo above shows a budgie collecting some oil from the gland.

Budgies are unable to reach the back of the head with their beaks. For putting oil on the feathers at this part of their body, they rub it over their uropygial gland. This typical behavior can be seen in the photo on the right. In order to put some oil on their vent feathers, budgies first put the secretion from their gland on one foot and then apply it to the vent plumage.

FROM: www.birds-online.ge

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