Dual function of allopreening in the cooperatively breeding green woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus

  title={Dual function of allopreening in the cooperatively breeding green woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus},
  author={Andrew N. Radford and Morn{\'e} A. du Plessis},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Allopreening is a widespread but little-studied phenomenon in birds and is particularly prevalent in species where individuals are forced into close proximity. Such a situation facilitates the transfer of ectoparasites between individuals and allopreening has therefore been proposed to serve a hygienic function. In addition, allopreening might theoretically play a role in social communication. Green woodhoopoes (Phoeniculus purpureus) are cooperatively breeding birds that roost communally every… 
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