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Avatar of inke inke - 18. décembre 2018 - Environment

Scissor beaks and unusually long beaks are very unusual for Hornbills. This female Monteiro’s Hornbill was still able to receive food from the male. In the nest cavity it was difficult for the bird to close the entrance to a narrow vertical slit because with its abnormal beak it only managed an opening in the shape of a triangle.

Dirk Heinrich

Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone (the internal buoyant shell found in cuttlefish) for grooming their beaks. By using these ‘whetstones’, so to speak, birds can keep their beaks in shape and prevent that they become too long. Birds in the wild have plenty of opportunities to groom their beaks, but occasionally there are some that do not succeed.  When nature goes haywire, the upper or lower beak – or even the entire beak – may become crooked and too long. That makes it very difficult for the hapless birds to ingest food. Ultimately the deformity poses a problem when it comes to building a nest for reproduction and feeding the offspring – if the affected bird actually finds a mate. 

Please find more info about birds with deformed beaks at Namibia Outdoor.

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