Corvid Abnormalities

Abnormalities can be found in all life forms–corvids included. Here are some interesting photos I found of corvids with two abnormalities deformed beaks and partial albino-ism–leucistic or albino corvids.

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Leucistic (partially-albino) crow

Albino Steller's Jay
Albino Steller's Jay

Leucistic (partially-albino) magpie (Photo from Messybeast.com)
Leucistic (partially-albino) magpie (Photo from Messybeast.com)

Leucistic (partially-albino) Jackdaw (Photo Source: Surfbirds.com)
Leucistic (partially-albino) Jackdaw (Photo Source: Surfbirds.com)

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Raven with a deformed bill

Crow with deformed beak
Crow with deformed beak

Crow with deformed beak
Crow with deformed beak

Steller's Jay with deformed beak
Steller's Jay with deformed beak

Read about THE MYSTERY OF THE LONG-BEAK SYNDROME here. Or you can read Passerines with Deformed Bills by Julie A. Craves (an article) here.

There seems to be a high concentration of birds with deformed beaks in the Pacific Northwest–I wonder why.

2 thoughts on “Corvid Abnormalities

  • reporting a sick bird or deformed beak observations of birds.. is a difficult task,,
    But, know.. that such issues are very important. and many thanks to Corvid Corner..for giving me this opportunity.. to say.. we, individual bird lovers. and Amoureux des Oiseaux.. we care..
    I, have had great support with E-Bird Canada,, and their links to Cornell Lab of Ornithology..have a sick bird reporting site..
    And know, that your concern about a special situation,, will be also.. their concern..

    Years ago.. I, noted.. sick birds and could not find help.. only to learn that my simple observations
    would have been very important.. I, UNDERESTIMATED my observations..
    The reason you notice unusual circumstances.. reveals, that you care.. and the more this is noticed
    the better.. and safer all concerned species will be studied and observed and will have follow-ups..
    To all.. bird lovers and bird watchers.. your input.. is of great importance…
    Because of you..
    and, I, am grateful.. to Corvid Corner.. for giving me the opportunity.. to have such a conversation..

  • Thanks so much Andree for sharing your story with us and our readers! This will help other people as well when observing birds, especially when to report a sick or deformed bird.

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