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I have a growing collection of pictures of birds, nests, and situations that are odd or out of place.  Photgog's picture of a tailless hummer spurred me to start an oddity thread.  I have a number of pictures of deformities and never knew this type of thing was that prevalent.  It could be the heat.  This one is a House Finch.

    

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Hi Matt

 From the reading I have done on the house finch it would appear that when they migrated to the east and west they had only a very small gene pool. As a result that is why you see red,orange and yellow colorings all the eye infections with the house finch and in your case the deformed beak.

Therefore any deformity that a house finch has is going to passed on due to the limited gene pool.

It gives that Ray Stevens song " I am my own grand pa " a whole new meaning.

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This Yellow-(crooked)billed Magpie was around for a short time last year, but I only saw it a couple of times. I don't think it survived very long. Not likely, anyhow, given its condition.

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OK, my son says dad, put out some water and you will attract more birds.  So I used a garbage can lid and fill it with fresh water each morning.  Within a week I get this visitor.  The picture was taken through two panes of glass so a bit fuzzy.  I have never seen a raptor at a bird bath....

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Two winters ago, within the first few weeks of starting birding, I noticed this Ross's Goose flying with a flock of about 100+ Canada Geese.  It came back again last winter, this time joined by 3 Snow Geese.  It is not a valid entry for the WhatBird search program when the location is Arizona. 

Edit: CTcrystal just informed me that the WhatBird search program has been updated and that the Ross's now shows up on the Arizona search.  

 

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This isn't an "abnormality" but I found it very funny, as I never saw it before (some of you may have seen this in your outings).  Look how these Black-necked Stilts are "sitting", with their legs bent like a "chair".  I never knew they did this!

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I've seen flamingos do that before.  It does look rather odd, but I guess it's comfortable for them.

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Another beak problem.  Was hoping for a Crissal and all I got was a deformed Curve-billed (top and bottom shots).  The middle picture is a standard CBTH in comparison to the odd bird.  Notice the offset in the bottom picture.

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Curlybird:
This isn't an "abnormality" but I found it very funny, as I never saw it before (some of you may have seen this in your outings).  Look how these Black-necked Stilts are "sitting", with their legs bent like a "chair".  I never knew they did this!

 And they're got the Avocet doing it too! 

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Deformed leg on the left, normal on the right.  Black-necked Stilt.

 Poor thing - was he (looks like a male - all black) limping?

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Poor thing - was he (looks like a male - all black) limping?

Wasn't the least bit bothered by it, most injured birds I see just seem to get through it, pretty resilient.  

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matt - looks like the cor. is tangled in fishing line.  i don't know if thats what you meant, but it looks like thats why its feathers are damaged. 

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Yes natureboy, that is fishing line and why I stated that it was sad.  I call this the Chinese water torture of nature by our lack of sensitivity.  Here is another sad one, more than likely the act of someone's pet(s).  I have a long story on that subject.   

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natureboy:

matt - looks like the cor. is tangled in fishing line.  i don't know if thats what you meant, but it looks like thats why its feathers are damaged. 

 

Poor thing!  Was there any way of catching the bird and untangling it?  I guess not or you would have.

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Here's that House Finch with the strange bill again (I had posted this separately a while back).  This is the weirdest thing I have ever seen.  Apparently it isn't affecting his ability to eat, as I have seen him eating the seeds but poor thing!

Question - That bird behind the finch - is that a male House Sparrow?

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Curlybird:

Here's that House Finch with the strange bill again (I had posted this separately a while back).  This is the weirdest thing I have ever seen.  Apparently it isn't affecting his ability to eat, as I have seen him eating the seeds but poor thing!

Question - That bird
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the finch - is that a male House Sparrow?

Not a House Sparrow. From what I can see of it, Curlybird, it looks like a female Evening Grosbeak, although they're not supposed to be in your area according to my Sibley's. However, we all know that birds can't read, so they're likely to show up wherever they please!

EDIT: I was wrong...it is a male House Sparrow. I wanted to post it here as well as in the other thread so no one will be misled by my mistake.

Sorry, Curleybird. Embarrassed 

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