Deformed Godwit beak
"Steve Holliday" <>
Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:50:45 +1100
Not a deformity – a flexible upper mandible is found in
many waders. A message on Birding-Aus alerted me to this excellent webpage http://www.sunbittern.com/gallery-rhynchokinesis.html
discussing this ability.
Anyone like to identify the other two wader species in the
From: Denis Wilson
Sent: Wednesday, 6 January 2010 1:23 AM
To: COG bird discussions
Subject: [canberrabirds] Deformed Godwit beak
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?
mandible is clearly bent upwards, away from the lower mandible.
it possibly probe into the mud, in the normal manner?
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
author claims to have seen this several times, but does not document that claim.
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