Noble macaw's beak

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Noble macaw's beak

Post by francine.s.litofs » Wed, 27 Apr 1994 10:45:59



My Noble macaw has something funny about his beak and I wonder whether it
is normal.  Most of his upper beak is horn colored, as is the case with a
Noble macaw.  However, the bottom part of the upper beak is dark.  The area
between the two colors looks like the lighter layer is overgrowing the dark
and I can feel a difference in thickness between the two parts of the beak.
It's almost as if he had a juvenile beak that was dark in color and a new
*** beak is growing out.  The line of joining almost seems like a crack.
Perhaps a better description would be like a fingernail that lost the upper
layer.  Does this make any sense?  He was just at the pet shop to have his
nails shortened and they said that this was normal.  Can't find any discussion
of this in any book I have.  Any comments?  

Francine

 
 
 

Noble macaw's beak

Post by Tom Li » Thu, 28 Apr 1994 21:15:45



Quote:

> My Noble macaw has something funny about his beak and I wonder whether it
> is normal.  Most of his upper beak is horn colored, as is the case with a
> Noble macaw.  However, the bottom part of the upper beak is dark.  The area
> between the two colors looks like the lighter layer is overgrowing the dark
> and I can feel a difference in thickness between the two parts of the beak.
> It's almost as if he had a juvenile beak that was dark in color and a new
> *** beak is growing out.  The line of joining almost seems like a crack.
> Perhaps a better description would be like a fingernail that lost the upper
> layer.  Does this make any sense?  He was just at the pet shop to have his
> nails shortened and they said that this was normal.  Can't find any discussion
> of this in any book I have.  Any comments?  

> Francine

Francine,

This is normal for a young noble and will vary as his beak grows during the
year.  You could use an emery file and smooth the area for appearance and
to prevent any cracking (let your avian vet or the breeder demo this
procedure).  Be more concerned about irregular cracking of the beak and
make sure his diet is well rounded so he gets enough vitamins and minerals
to promote strong beak growth.

Tom & Winnie


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Noble macaw's beak

Post by -B.LI » Sat, 30 Apr 1994 19:37:59



->>[...]
->What do you mean by normal?  Do you mean it is gradually growing
->out and the strange looking area will eventually become the tip
->and be worn off?  What is an irregular crack in the beak?  The area
->I am concerned about is 3-5 mm lower than where his lower beak touches
->his upper beak and look like a fingernail where the upper nail layer
->has split off.

angus, the ycm of profundity, has the same thing - his beak seems to
be continously growing <hauls inside her bathrobe to pull angus out
from under her arm>; the small beige area ends at a fingernail-like
crack right before the tip.  btw, angus is most annoyed at losing
his warm comfy morning hideaway and is right now chewing on my ear.

but i digress.  :-)

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Noble macaw's beak

Post by francine.s.litofs » Sat, 30 Apr 1994 11:49:12


Quote:
> My Noble macaw has something funny about his beak and I wonder whether it
> is normal.  Most of his upper beak is horn colored, as is the case with a
> Noble macaw.  However, the bottom part of the upper beak is dark.  The area
> between the two colors looks like the lighter layer is overgrowing the dark
> and I can feel a difference in thickness between the two parts of the beak.
> It's almost as if he had a juvenile beak that was dark in color and a new
> *** beak is growing out.  The line of joining almost seems like a crack.
> Perhaps a better description would be like a fingernail that lost the upper
> layer.  Does this make any sense?  He was just at the pet shop to have his
> nails shortened and they said that this was normal.  Can't find any discussion
> of this in any book I have.  Any comments?  

> Francine

Francine,

This is normal for a young noble and will vary as his beak grows during the
year.  You could use an emery file and smooth the area for appearance and
to prevent any cracking (let your avian vet or the breeder demo this
procedure).  Be more concerned about irregular cracking of the beak and
make sure his diet is well rounded so he gets enough vitamins and minerals
to promote strong beak growth.

Tom & Winnie


Electrooptical Devices Group          |   thing you know, close a deal
MIT Lincoln Lab                       |   with a handshake, and HAVE FUN.

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Tom,

What do you mean by normal?  Do you mean it is gradually growing
out and the strange looking area will eventually become the tip
and be worn off?  What is an irregular crack in the beak?  The area
I am concerned about is 3-5 mm lower than where his lower beak touches
his upper beak and look like a fingernail where the upper nail layer
has split off.

Francine

 
 
 

Noble macaw's beak

Post by francine.s.litofs » Sun, 01 May 1994 07:36:32


Barbara,

Thanks for the comforting words about Simon's beak.  I
gues I worry too much.  I got to take some photos of him
so you can see what he looks like

Francine