Alan Gillanders <>
Barn Owl - Irruption?
Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:39:48 +1000
My knowledge of raptors is limited to how to pick them up without further
damaging them or me.
>From that very limited knowledge base, the feet are the killing bits. The beak
>is for dismembering the prey?
If that's the case then I can't see that a young bird wouldn't adapt to a
crossed beak without any problems and have as good a chance as any other young
Hopefully some one more appropriately qualified will give you their view.
On 14/09/2011, at 7:06 PM, "Alan Gillanders" <>
> I have noticed that the top bill of the young barn owl in my garden is not
> straight. The bills do not seem to match at any visible point. Do you, or
> anyone else, care to comment on the likelihood of its being able to feed
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