On the Wing: Birds keep beaks in peak condition

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Q&A from VAL CUNNINGHAM

Q I watch birds eating seed from my bird feeders, and then they land on a branch or even the patio furniture and rub their beaks. Why do they do this?

A Birds need to keep their beaks in top condition, since beaks are so crucial to feeding. When your back-yard birds swipe their beak from side to side on a twig or metal furniture, they’re probably cleaning off debris left after cracking shells and consuming the oily seeds. They may also be honing the edges a bit, because bird beaks grow throughout their lives.

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One Response to “On the Wing: Birds keep beaks in peak condition”

  1. Syl Says:

    Great post..enjoyed the questions and answers,

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