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Susan Wider

Santa Fe, NM, United States


We have been seeing this house finch-sized bird at both the bird bath and a seed feeder for about a month, often daily. The lower beak is elongated and tubular. Instead of an upper bill, there is a thin protuberance that extends forward and wraps over the side of the lower beak on the bird’s right. The bird eats and drinks well, flies well, and seems otherwise healthy. It has patches of yellow to beige above the eyes and on the breast. We have additional photos if desired.


Deformed bill


House Finch With Beak Deformity

Side view showing deformed lower beak with protuberance where upper beak should be.

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