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Old Thursday 5th July 2012, 10:02   #1
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Long beak starling?

From a garden in Northampton.
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Old Thursday 5th July 2012, 10:39   #2
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Goodness gracious! Has it been crossed with a Sword-billed Hummer?
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Old Thursday 5th July 2012, 12:49   #3
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Definately a Common Starling with a deformed bill.
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Old Thursday 5th July 2012, 13:41   #4
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The lower mandible appears to be a bit on the short side which would allow the upper to continue growing. Birds bills are generally kept 'short' by the tips wearing down by rubbing against each other. It's a bit surprising that the bill is so straight though. Normally they tend to grow in a curve. Cracking photo of one of the more unusual sides to nature.

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Definately a Common Starling with a deformed bill.
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Eh? Was it mimicking Funky Gibbon?
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Please can you or the person whose garden it is complete the quick online form as part of BTO's Big Garden Beak Watch? http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys.../projects/bgbw
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Thanks everyone.
I have passed on your replies to the friend of the person who saw the bird.
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I saw an adult Starling with a bill of about the same size in Central Park NYC in 2007. It was part of a group and didn't appear to be at any obvious disadvantage compared with the others. It would be great to study a bird like this as part of a group and see if it exploited its 'magnificence'. Maybe it would be a positive?
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I have passed on the info and am told they will fill in BTO beak survey.
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