Deformed Godwit beak

To: "COG bird discussions" <>
Subject: Deformed Godwit beak
From: "Denis Wilson" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 01:22:52 +1100
Dear COG list members.
Sorry that this is NOT a local issue, but can anyone explain what is happening with the bird featured in a North Queensland Birder's Blog?
The upper mandible is clearly bent upwards, away from the lower mandible.
How could it possibly probe into the mud, in the normal manner?
As they are migratory birds, I cannot imagine how this bird survived for the period of time required to travel around the Pacific Ocean, if it is a genetic deformity?
The author claims to have seen this several times, but does not document that claim.


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