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All About Beaks


Birds possess an astounding array of beak sizes and shapes uniquely adapted to suit their needs. Beaks must be able to help secure food, preen feathers, help build a nest, and in some species, even build simple tools (check out the New Caledonian Crow!). While the beak might appear to be a static structure at […]



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Macaw Gains Her Independence From Egg-Binding: Case Study


“Scooter” is a 23-year old female blue and gold macaw who came to us as an Emergency Admission on July 4. She had suffered with vomiting and diarrhea for a few days prior. Upon examination she had urate and fecal matting around her vent but after administering some fluids and pain medication she was stable […]



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Stress Bars: What’s That?


One year ago this 26 yr old Gold-capped Conure came to us for an evaluation. The primary abnormal physical exam finding was black pigmentation of his feathers, it was also noted that he was in a near-constant state of molting. Sometimes called “stress bars”; these are lines that run crosswise through a feather shaft illustrating […]



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Amazon Parrot with Throat Cancer: Case Study


“Pooh” is a 41 year old Yellow-Naped Amazon parrot. He came to our clinic because he was having a hard time breathing for a few days prior and had begun breathing with his mouth open. He had greenish discharge from one of his nares, indicating possible infection.



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