Every animal wants to look its best when trying to attract a mate or maybe the animal just wishes to clean itself. The hummingbird is no different and wishes to groom every part of its body. Have you ever wondered how a hummingbird goes about grooming itself? The answer will depend largely on what part of its body the hummingbird wants to groom. This post will explain how the hummingbird grooms itself.
The hummingbird’s bill and claws are the tools it uses to groom its self. The “cleaning agent” (for lack of a better term) the bird uses to accomplish the task of cleaning itself is oil from a gland near their tail. The hummingbird will groom their wings, abdomen, tail feathers and back. When the hummingbird wants to groom its head and neck, the bird will do so by using its front three claws like a comb. When a hummingbird wishes to groom their beak or neck, the hummingbird will do so by rubbing them against a twig.
Even in the animal kingdom, grooming is an important task and each animal has their own unique method of accomplishing this task. My desire is that this post has helped you better understand how hummingbirds accomplish this task.