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1 September 2002 Alloplastic and Heteroplastic Bill Prostheses in 2 Ramphastidae Birds
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A black-necked aracari (Pteroglossus aracaris) was presented for a beak injury in which one-fifth of the maxillary rhamphotheca was lost. A portion of a maxillary bill from a dead bird of the same species was used to replace the missing beak of the injured bird. The bird recovered from surgery and did well for 3 months, after which it died during a yersiniosis outbreak. A channel-billed toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus) was treated similarly, but the beak of a different toucan species was used. This patient was observed for 2 months after surgery.

Lorenzo Crosta "Alloplastic and Heteroplastic Bill Prostheses in 2 Ramphastidae Birds," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 16(3), 218-222, (1 September 2002). https://doi.org/10.1647/1082-6742(2002)016[0218:AAHBPI]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 September 2002
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