A ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), a rock dove (Columba livia), and a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) were each presented with a large soft tissue wound on the head with exposed skull. Each bird was treated with wound debridement, removal of necrotic bone, and grafting of a single pedicle advancement flap from the adjacent dorsal cervical skin. Wounds in the pheasant and hawk healed without complication. In the rock dove, the initial flap necrosed, but a second single pedicle advancement flap, elevated from the dorsal cervical skin, was successful. The final result in all 3 birds was complete coverage of the defect with full-thickness skin. In birds, use of single pedicle advancement flaps mobilized from dorsal cervical skin may expedite healing of large soft tissue wounds of the head, especially when the skull is exposed.
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