Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Avian Bill-Wiping

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1970
Authors:Clark, Jr., GA
Journal:The Wilson Bulletin
Date Published:1970
ISBN Number:00435643
Keywords:Anatidae, Ardeidae, Laridae, Passeriformes, Phasianidae, Picidae, Psittacidae, Tetraonidae, Tinamidae
Abstract:Bill-wiping is reviewed for Tinamidae, Ardeidae, Tetraonidae, Phasianidae, Psittacidae, Picidae, and 20 families of Passeriformes. Bill-wiping occurs in at least one, but not all, species of Laridae and has not been reported for Anatidae. Functional interpretation of this behavior as a displacement activity remains uncertain. Bill-wiping appears to have moderate potential utility as a taxonomic character.
Short Title:The Wilson Bulletin
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