Dust Bathing Female Khalij Pheasant

A female Red Jungle Fowl dust bathing.

March 2015 

Dust bathing also called as Sand bathing is practiced by many animal species ranging from Mammalia to Avian. Birds can be seen dust bathing by grooming while moving around or rolling in dust, with the puspose of cleaning feathers and getting rid of parasites. The dust that is worked into the bird’s feathers will absorb excess oil to help keep the feathers from becoming greasy or matted, and the oil-soaked dust is then shed easily to keep the plumage clean and flexible.