[CT Birds] Thrasher-like bill on a red-bellied woodpecker?
David F Provencher (Generation - 4)
david.f.provencher at dom.com
Mon Jun 29 16:20:01 EDT 2015
Interesting Carol. Bill deformity is uncommon but not all that rare. I've seen a number of variations of it over the years. The woodpecker you photographed must be facing a challenge with such a bill. A normally straight bill allows for the force of hammering to be evenly distributed throughout its structure. A curved (and somewhat twisted?) bill such as this must place unusually stresses on points in its structure, particularly along the lower mandible I should think. I hope she manages a long injury free life. Thanks for posting!
From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Carol Ansel via CTBirds
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2015 2:46 PM
To: Birds CT
Subject: [CT Birds] Thrasher-like bill on a red-bellied woodpecker?
Hi all -
Been enjoying the plethora of birds on the mulberry tree outside my window. One odd one - I have a family of red-bellied woodpeckers, and the adult female has an oddly curved bill - here’s a link to a couple of pix:
and the male with the more typical bill:
Anyone else ever seen this?
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