Crows with broken beaks

Kaeli Swift gives a very full and scientifically sound answer to the questions we’ve all been asking about the chances of George’s beak regrowing. Thanks, Kaeli!

Corvid Research

It hurts to look at.  The physical pain incurred at the time of the injury, the likely chronic pain on the path to recovery, the dubious chance of survival, it all makes me reach for my mouth in horror when I see this bird.  To me, the idea of living on in spite of such a grotesque injury seems impossible.   Yet here this bird is, surviving, reminding me of what life is capable of.

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So now that I had my moment of sadness and awe, let’s get to what everyone wonders when they see a bird like this: Will a crow’s beak grow back if it’s broken and if not, can it survive?

Cracks or complete fractures like this can result from a number of things, though the list could be longer since these accidents are so rarely observed firsthand.  Perhaps it was traumatic run in with a window, or perhaps…

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One thought on “Crows with broken beaks

  1. George is a survivor crow but what crow isn’t. I follow gimpy crows with bad feet or legs. They amaze me how well they can hop around and do all the crow things.

    But he has an even bigger weapon to make sure he survives. YOU!! One smart bird to enlist a human helper. 🙂

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