In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(feathers) arreglar con el pico
- Watch any bird for a while, and you will see that it spends a lot of time preening its feathers and bathing in water or dust.
- When preening, birds nibble and stroke their feathers, returning them to correct position.
- This louse is the only common parasite on satin bowerbirds, and it is found mainly around the head and eyes where birds cannot easily preen.
- If these substances come into contact with bird feathers they are impossible for the bird to preen or wash out.
- Birds use their beaks to keep their feathers in order; you know this action as preening.
- They then spend several hours preening and drying their feathers.
- With hundreds of new feathers regenerating, the bird must preen constantly.
- The penguins ingest the oil as they preen their feathers, which changes the birds' immune systems, making them more vulnerable to disease.
- The tall white birds preen, squawk, and soar majestically, like snowy B - 52s.
- The edge of the ice had started to melt, creating a narrow stream where some of the birds were happily preening, flapping showers of droplets into the air.
- Anatids spend copious amounts of time in the water and spend a great deal of time on preening and feather maintenance.
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- Not that I was the only one: I noticed how all the women preened themselves when he walked into the room, flirting with him and laughing outrageously at his jokes.
- In Prof. Patterson's class, which is must have a women to men ration of 10: 1, all of the gum smacking coeds are preening themselves in the mirror.
- Unable to summon up the courage to venture inside and make myself a cup of tea, I returned to the lounge where Amy was still preening herself.
- They were the ones for which she would preen herself for every night for what seemed like bloody hours (hair, makeup, clothes).
- He disappeared for a while and then I found him at the dressing table, preening himself before the mirror.
- Humans are like animals: when they stop preening themselves, you've got to worry.
- We're always expected to be preening ourselves, so it was a pretty nice opportunity not to have to think about that stuff for a while.
- Television stars had been preening themselves for the red carpet at Claridges, where some of the hottest designers, make-up artists, jewellers and hair stylists had taken up residence.
- That's why the contestants spend so much time preening themselves in front of a mirror.
- They start cramming the barricades, the ladies start primping and preening themselves in their compact mirrors.
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