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Beak Tendencies Among Parrot Species

Find out what parrot species beaks tend to overgrow, elongate, thicken and tend to flake.

By Margaret Wissman, DVM, Dip. ABVP –Avian Practice

Keep your pet bird’s beak in shape with a professional groomer or avian veterinarian.

Beaks that tend to flake
Amazon Parrots

Beaks that become thickened
Amazon Parrots

Beaks that elongate and thicken
• Macaws (rhinotheca)
African grey parrots

Beaks that overgrow on the sides

Gnathotheca overgrowth

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Reader Comments
Good article, but I agree with Gem, let's have some pictures of beaks.

My parrotlet has a distorted beak that the vet said was caused by improper hand feeding--entirely possible, I bought him shortly after he was weaned.When the vet ground his beak he just used a Dremel stone that had obviously been used on other birds. He also had never treated a parrotlet. Now that I have read this article and seen the procedure, I feel confident that I could do it, but I would like some pictures!!!
HR, Beaumont, TX
Posted: 3/19/2011 8:34:55 PM
There should be some pictures here of normal and abnormal beaks for each tendency and species, and this would be a good venue for it. I find it very discouraging that so many other websites treat this issue as something of a taboo and so many vet owners let these high-priced vets lead them by the nose. A skilled hobbyist can do much of this sort of maintenance care and it should be encouraged that people should learn rather than adopt this "I can't" mentality. Let's start taking care of ourselves and our pets, people!
Gem, Wilmington, IL
Posted: 3/16/2009 7:00:58 AM
This short article doesn't give enough information.
colleen, whiting, NJ
Posted: 9/12/2008 7:43:41 PM
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