Snipe feeding adaptation

Subject: Snipe feeding adaptation
From: Niven <>
Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 09:15:20 +0930
Hi all
I followed a hunch on the name of that bill-bending feature and did an internet search. It's called "rhynchokinesis", and is apparently present to a greater or lesser extent in all(?) shorebirds, and some other birds. It is particularly used by longer billed shorebirds. The following url points to a brief abstract on a book on the exact subject, though it looks rather technical to me.

Happy birding
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