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Beautiful & Beloved Birds:  The Bill Makes the Bird

Whether a bird chisels, cracks, probes, snaps, or pecks around for a living, its bill plays a big part in what unique Ecological Niche it will fill.

With sturdy conical bills, a Grosbeak crushes the hardest seeds. Using the notch on a hooked beak, a Falcon snaps the neck of prey. Limpkins slide their long curved bills into snail shells and, with spatula-shaped mandibles, Spoonbills seine southern waters.