(1) The tall white birds preen , squawk, and soar majestically, like snowy B - 52s.(2) If these substances come into contact with bird feathers they are impossible for the bird to preen or wash out.(3) The penguins ingest the oil as they preen their feathers, which changes the birds' immune systems, making them more vulnerable to disease.(4) 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 .(5) With hundreds of new feathers regenerating, the bird must preen constantly.(6) We preened ourselves for reaching the quarter-finals of soccer's World Cup, and now it doesn't matter so much if we don't bring home the Ashes, just as long as we don't get battered in every game.(7) ├ö├ç├┐As you wish, Captain,├ö├ç├û Tyrr replied simply, mentally preening himself for the accomplishment.(8) The second study suggested that birds with longer bill overhangs are more efficient preeners because the overhang helps birds create a shearing force that crushes ectoparasites.(9) 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.(10) 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.(11) The police last week in Sunderland preened themselves on how good intelligence had enabled them to spot and control the troublemakers.(12) Anatids spend copious amounts of time in the water and spend a great deal of time on preening and feather maintenance.(13) Birds use their beaks to keep their feathers in order; you know this action as preening .(14) They then spend several hours preening and drying their feathers.(15) That's why the contestants spend so much time preening themselves in front of a mirror.(16) They start cramming the barricades, the ladies start primping and preening themselves in their compact mirrors.