Crossbilled Pacific Loon

Pacific Loons
Notice the different looking beaks. A close up of the bird on the left is shown below.

While editing photos today, I noticed that one of the loons I had taken pictures of earlier this year appears to have a crossed bill. I have no idea how common this occurence might be. I also am not sure whether it might impact the bird’s ability to catch prey, but I suspect it must do okay, since it managed to survive so far. If anyone can tell me any more about the cause and/or frequency of this beak condition, I would be interested to know more.

Crossbilled Loon

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