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Not every Ruby-throated Hummingbird captured for banding at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History is "perfect." The adult male above had an upper bill that is slightly shorter than the lower one, perhaps the result of an injury. This particular bird was banded as a juvenile in September 1999--when the upper bill was already shorter--and then recaptured in May 2000. Obviously, the malformed bill hasn't been interfering with feeding--or with migrating to the tropics and back!

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