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1 May 2009 A Novel Technique for Prevention of Self-mutilation in Three Harris' Hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus)
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Feather destructive behavior is an ever-increasing problem in captive birds of prey and any associated self-mutilation can be challenging to manage. This clinical report describes a noninvasive, nonpainful, temporary beak modification technique used to prevent self-mutilation in 3 Harris' hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus), when other methods and husbandry modifications had failed. The technique was successful in all 3 birds, and no adverse effects were observed. Further investigations are required to further evaluate if this beak modification technique causes any psychologic or physical stress to the avian patient.

Stephen P. Smith and Neil A. Forbes "A Novel Technique for Prevention of Self-mutilation in Three Harris' Hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 23(1), (1 May 2009). https://doi.org/10.1647/2005-046R1.1
Published: 1 May 2009
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