the juvenile Yellow Robin

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Araminta
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the juvenile Yellow Robin

Just before I took a few more photos of the young Robin being fed by his Mother, when I noticed the" growth" on his beak. I haven't noticed it in any other birds, now is this something the little bird should worry about, or not? Anyone seen this before and this is normal for babybirds?

If you know,tell me please.

Woko
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I'm wondering if it's larvae or sap residue, Araminta. Almost directly beneath whatever it is, there's a spot of something on the branch. I wonder if the 2 things are related.

Araminta
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Hi Woko, today I saw the same little bird again, and I took more photos of it. Now I can see the growth on the beak very clearly. I zoomed in to show it to you, I hope it won't have a bad effect on the his health?

M-L

Holly
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Wonder if it could be some sort of mite infection ML?

That high up on its beak, provided it doesn't spread, shouldn't interfere with its ability to feed. Its a gorgeous little thing and you captured its portrait beautifully.

birdie
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What beautiful shots of the baby M-L ....how I envy your ability to get so close and get the feather detail

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Woko
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It appears to be some sort of growth. If it stays around, Araminta, you might be able to see if it's benign or if it develops into something serious.

Araminta
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Well Woko, I took this photo last night, (the bird seems to know me, or it's not normal?) it's not scared of me, I can walk right up to it , and it just looks at me, while Mum sits somewhere and waits to feed it. (my family awlays jokes about me, I talk to the animals, and they seem to trust me?)  I do think the growth is getting bigger,but  it is feeding fine and flying into the shrubs.

M-L

Araminta
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Hi again Woko, am I imagining this, or does his Mum have this lump on the base of her beak  too?

Could it be where the little whiskers grow? Have a close look?

M-L

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Hmmmm. The growth, if that's what it is, on the young one, seems a lot larger than the growth on the adult. I think you've said that you have a few eastern yellow robins at your place. It might be worthwhile taking photos of them for a while to see if any have a significant growth on the bill. As well, would it be an idea to email your photos to the ornithologist at the Vic Museum to see what he/she has to say?

Correa
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Amazing close ups Araminta as usual.  You have enough material to write a thesis on one of these little birds.

Araminta
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Thanks Correa, I'm amazed you found the Baby Photos of the little Robin with the growth on her beak, (I was looking for it). This was 2 months ago, and it is still around, I think it has a good chance of hanging on and survive?

(I'm posting the photo so you can compare. Looks a lot smaller)

M-L

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