uropygial gland

NOUN
  1. oil-secreting gland situated at the base of the tail in most birds
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How To Use uropygial gland In A Sentence

  • The purpose of the current study was to test the importance of preen oil in Rock Doves by removing the uropygial gland and quantifying plumage condition over a period of several months.
  • The politically (and anatomically) correct term is pygostyle -- literally rump post -- for the structure of fused vertebra that anchors the turkey's magnificent tail feathers (rectrices) and also harbors the uropygial gland, source of preen oil, the yummy fat the bird uses to groom its plumage. Cold Turkey
  • Ovenbirds give off a unique musty odor that is thought to come from the oil in the uropygial gland.
  • Accordingly, even though birds without uropygial glands preened at the same rate as birds with glands, the former may have suffered more breakage of feather barbules.
  • They use their bills to coat their feathers with oil from the uropygial gland.
  • Accordingly, even though birds without uropygial glands preened at the same rate as birds with glands, the former may have suffered more breakage of feather barbules.
  • The politically (and anatomically) correct term is pygostyle -- literally rump post -- for the structure of fused vertebra that anchors the turkey's magnificent tail feathers (rectrices) and also harbors the uropygial gland, source of preen oil, the yummy fat the bird uses to groom its plumage. Cold Turkey
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