Saturday, October 2, 2010

Deformed Yellow-rumped Warbler

On Thursday I banded a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, including this bird with deformed feet.  I can only speculate about the cause of the missing toes.  Is this the result of a developmental deformity?  Is it a bird that recovered from avian pox?  Had it suffered frostbite (the bird was an adult, so it was alive last winter)?  Had it barely escaped from a predator? In my banding career, I have never seen anything quite like this.  One wonders how this bird perched.  Most deformed birds do not survive.

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  1. A Downy Woodpecker comes daily to my peanut feeder, hanging upside down with only one leg, as the other leg dangles uselessly, either broken or never functional.
    Pete Hoeger, Hutchinson