Grey Heron Beak

I photographed a Grey Heron this week and a third of it's top mandible is missing the bird seemed healthy. My question is will it grow back?

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  • Hiya Mike.
    It will be interesting to see if you get an answer, I've just been googling it and it looks confusing, some info says a birds beak that's fractured wont heal but some says any broke off will grow out.
    So not sure where your Heron fits into it.

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    That's why I asked the question Alan I had the same problem trying to find an answer. I will try and get a photo up on Flickr tomorrow.

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  • When you put the photo up I'll try and get an answer on Twitter when I can link your photo.

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    Cheers Alan.

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  • Can't really answer the question categorically but I remember asking BTO about overgrown mandibles on a blue tit and asking "theoretically" what would happen if the beak was trimmed; the answer came back that it would continue to grow again so does that go for all species I wonder.

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  • Hi Hazel I'm sorry for the delay in replying I've been in sunny? Wales for a few days.

    I would like to think that it will grow back but who knows perhaps I should ask Mr Packham

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