Date: 11/9/17 9:31 am
From: Lisa Berger <goshawk...>
Subject: Re: Odd sparrow at Apple Creek Conservation Area
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/twisted-beaks/ <https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/twisted-beaks/>

It’s believed to be a viral disease that deforms keratin. The image is an extreme case—sometimes the bill isn’t as deformed.

Lisa


> On Nov 9, 2017, at 9:40 AM, Allen Gathman <agathman...> wrote:
>
> I'm a geneticist by training, so of course I think it was born that way. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In defense of that view, though, Mike Grant pointed out that it's also missing all the claws from the toes on its right foot.
>
> -Allen Gathman
> Pocahontas, MO
>
> On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 9:32 AM, Scott Miller <sdmiller42...> <mailto:<sdmiller42...>> wrote:
> Is that caused from an injury or born like that?
>
> Scott Miller
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 8, 2017, at 1:17 PM, Allen Gathman <agathman...> <mailto:<agathman...>> wrote:
> >
> > I was at Apple Creek (cape Girardeau County) this morning, and I just
> > thought it was nice that a Field Sparrow was being so cooperative about
> > getting its picture taken. Then I got home and looked more closely, only
> > to find I'd photographed the extremely rare Field Crossbill.
> >
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/a <https://www.flickr.com/photos/a>
>
>
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