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Seabirds use preening to decide how to divvy up parenting duties [ScienceNews]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Seabirds called common murres appear to use preening as a way to negotiate whose turn it is to watch their chick and who must find food. And when one parent is feeling foul, irregularities in this grooming ritual may send the other a signal that all is not well, researchers report in the July issue of The Auk : Ornithological Advances.

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