is the preening of other individuals, as opposed to self-preening.
In seabirds that nest in high densities such as the Common Guillemot, allo-preening is thought to serve dual functions:
(i) reducing parasite loads by preening areas such as the neck that are hard to self-preen,
(ii) maintaining social bonds between partners and between neighbouring birds.
Articles on allo-preening
- Lewis, S., Roberts, G., Harris, M.P., Prigmore, C. & Wanless, S. (2007) "Fitness increases with partner and neighbour allopreening"
Biol. Lett. 3:386–389
- Seed, A.M., Clayton, N.S. & Emery, N.J. (2007) "Postconflict Third-Party
Affiliation in Rooks, Corvus frugilegus" Current Biology 17:152-158
- Birkhead, T.R. (1978) "Behavioural adaptations to high density nesting in the Common Guillemot, Uria aalge" Anim Behav 26:321-331