Eagle Beaks and Aging
I have heard that as an eagle grows old, its beak begins to
curve to the extend that the eagle is not able to eat. Is this ture?
All raptors, or birds of prey, including hawks, falcons, and eagles,
have beaks that constantly grow. Normal wear of a healthy bird keeps
the beak sharp and at appropriate length. Some birds have congenital
defects that cause their beaks to not wear evenly and may then have
a problem eating. Captive birds that do not have typical beak wear
must often have their beaks "coped" or filed to simulate wear. I am
not aware that age has any particular effect.
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Update: June 2012