[Tweeters] long-billed syndrome question

dpdvm at whidbey.com dpdvm at whidbey.com
Wed Mar 31 13:42:35 PDT 2021

Hi Peggy,

About ten years ago I sent the last bill overgrowth bird to a researcher at the U of Alaska, Fairbanks and USGS. I could not find her name. I believe they isolated a virus as the cause and I do not know if there is ongoing research. I euthanized and sent her a couple of Red-tailed Hawks, a Crow and a Turkey Vulture!


Dave Parent DVM

Useless Bay Animal Clinic, Freeland, WA

From: Peggy Mundy <peggy_busby at yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:09 PM
To: TWEETERS Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] long-billed syndrome question

Hi Tweeters:

Is anyone in Western Washington tracking or researching the occurrence of long-billed syndrome? I saw a male house sparrow at Wiley Slough last week that appears to have a slightly misshaped bill and wondered if it should be reported anywhere. I found an article online, but it was several years old and did not identify the researcher.


Peggy Mundy


Bothell, WA

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