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Leslie S. Anderson

Santa Rosa, CA, USA

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There is a rookery (egretry?) in residential Santa Rosa that I was photographing. The trees have many nests of Great and Snowy Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons. When I returned home (to Arcata, CA) and reviewed my photos, I noticed this strange beak on one of the juveniles begging food from its parent. I’m not sure if it had fledged yet. Probably a mutation?

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Great Egret Juvenile With Strange Curved Beak!

This Great Egret juvenile has a curved beak! Has anyone seen this before?

One response to “Great Egret juvenile with strange curved beak!”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Hi Leslie, That curvature is unusual. I haven’t seen it before in this species, but I’ll ask around of my colleagues if anyone has information about this malformation. -Robyn @ NestWatch

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