Macaw’s beak plays an important role in its life. It acts as a primary defense mechanism. Of course, the Macaw’s beak is used for eating and most of the parrots are having strong beak which can crack the nuts and open seeds. Feeding chicks, preening and vocalizing are the uses of the Macaw’s beak. Macaws use their beak for climbing. With the help of beak and feet, the Macaws can navigate the environment with agility and confidence. For the Macaw’s survival, it needs to keep the beak in good shape.
Macaw parrot is known as hook-bill because of the curved shape of the beak. Macaws have a wide and short beak along with a curved upper mandible. The mandibles are made out of bone with a hard keratin shell. An overgrown mandible hurts the Macaws to move and eat normally. Overgrown beaks in Macaws are not a problem for the natural environment. The daily activities of the Macaws are sufficient in keeping the beak trimmed and in shape. Climbing and eating will help the Macaw’s beak from overgrowth.
What are the causes for the Macaw’s beak to become overgrown?
Certain factors that cause the baby Macaw’s beak to become overgrown
- Nutritional imbalance
- Lack of light exposure
- Liver disease
Sometimes, an injury to the beak causes abnormal growth. Deficiencies in Vitamins B2 and A can also lead to beak abnormality. Due to the lack of light, there will be a defect in upper beak development resulting in Vitamin D3 deficiency. When the Macaws are on an all-seed diet, it leads to fatty liver diseases. Symptoms seen are abnormal growth and soft areas on the beak. Some baby Macaws are born genetically predisposed, resulting in abnormal beak growth.