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White Stork "what is on the bill" ?

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Old Wednesday 14th January 2009, 09:50   #1
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White Stork "what is on the bill" ?

This bird was found on Crete yesterday, can anyone throw any light on what the growth/deformity is on the mandible. The bird was observed flying/feeding and preening it did not seem bothered by whatever it is.
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Old Wednesday 14th January 2009, 10:14   #2
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Hi ColD,

I've seen similar growth's though not nearly as substantial on captive birds being treated in institutions and these have generally been classed as some form of tumor. Doesn't look good whatever it is though pleased to hear the bird appears to be behaving normally.

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Old Wednesday 14th January 2009, 10:24   #3
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It is a hybrid white stork x pelican , not sure which pelicans you get in your area
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Old Wednesday 14th January 2009, 17:23   #4
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This bird was found on Crete yesterday, can anyone throw any light on what the growth/deformity is on the mandible. The bird was observed flying/feeding and preening it did not seem bothered by whatever it is.
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Hi,
i think it have rest' s of food, hair or grass under the tongue,
i had this few times with pheasants and waterfowl. Also i saw a White Stork
who had the tongue hanging out, at the same area, probable he had the same problem befor.
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It is a hybrid white stork x pelican , not sure which pelicans you get in your area
Nice one Motmot , White Pelicans actually although they are as rare here as the White Stork. So a probable "Pelistor" mmm

Peter's suggestion sounds good but would that not mean a fault in the base of the mandible otherwise I think maybe Mark's Tumor theory sounds promising, again a fault in the bill base would a tumor attach to the outside or even grow through the hardness of the bill ?
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Tumors can grow into, through, or out of anything -- at least in other species.

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