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Writer's Room => Picture Books (PB) => Topic started by: Mike Karg on September 17, 2014, 01:02 PM

Title: Do birds kiss?
Post by: Mike Karg on September 17, 2014, 01:02 PM
Birds can't technically kiss because they don't have lips, but would you accept that verb in a picture book? Or do you prefer seeing a peck or a nibble or some other similar sign of affection?
Title: Re: Do birds kiss?
Post by: CyndyHenzel on September 17, 2014, 01:34 PM
Definitely. Kiss also means a slight touch -- the breeze kissed her cheek.
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Post by: Artemesia on September 17, 2014, 01:37 PM
I think peck is cute, as it also means something birds do with their beaks. But I also think kiss is fine. I think I have used both in my chicken books.
Title: Re: Do birds kiss?
Post by: Mike Karg on September 17, 2014, 01:47 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Do birds kiss?
Post by: CyndyHenzel on September 17, 2014, 01:51 PM
If people can give a peck on the cheek, then birds can give a kiss!
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Post by: Betsy on September 17, 2014, 02:35 PM
There's a pair of crows I sometimes feed. I see them sitting on a wire across the street. These two definitely love each other. The little one often smooths and tweaks the feathers of the big one, especially around the neck. It's very sweet to see.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on September 17, 2014, 03:56 PM
Yes. Owls do this in their courtship rituals. :owl
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Post by: Stephanie Shaw on September 17, 2014, 06:08 PM
I can't imagine love birds not kissing!  And, those parakeets sure look to me like they are smooching!
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Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on September 17, 2014, 07:05 PM
Good point, Cyndy!

 :giggle
Title: Re: Do birds kiss?
Post by: Nicole Thomas on September 18, 2014, 05:52 AM
Birds do have their own way of kissing, yes :) They also preen one another which is what Betsy might be seeing with her crows when they nibble at one another's neck feathers. Birds cannot reach behind their necks, so they love to be scritched back there. This is due to having brand new feathers that come in and they itch terribly.

I love birds. I've owned them all my life (mostly cockatiels). They may not have lips or arms, but they truly do have some very unique ways of showing you they care.