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Scissor Beak In Parrots

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Red fronted macaw with scissor beak photo by macawsaspets.blogspot.com

Q: I rehomed a blue and gold macaw this week from someone who couldn’t afford him any longer. His beak is crooked and overgrown. Will he be able to eat normally? — Jackie W, Decatur, IL

A: What you are describing sounds like “scissor beak”. It is a somewhat common condition where the upper and lower portions of the beak (mandibles) do not meet properly causing one or both to deform. Beak overgrowth is commonly associated with scissor beak as an afflicted bird will not ...

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A Sad Story, an Important Lesson

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A Sad Story, an Important Lesson

Scarlet Macaw

I got an email the other day from a friend informing me of the death of his scarlet macaw, Lola. It is a tragic ending to an already sad story.
My friend, Mark, rescued Lola from a dingy pet store basement in Michigan about 7 years ago. She was in horrible shape when he took her in. She was grossly underweight and suffering from malnutrition. Her beak was horribly deformed. She had pressure sores on both feet and could barely get around. Not a single toy embellished her cockatiel ...

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