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Goldfinch Bill Issue, Infection or injury?

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A friend of mine took this picture of a Goldfinch and asked for help on what maybe wrong with his bill.  His upper bill has a bump on it and seems a bit longer than normal and the bottom seems to have a growth.  Does anyone know what causes this, injury or infection, and is it contagious for other birds?

Thanks in advance,


Goldfinch Bill.jpg

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I can’t see the photo, but others may be able to. If the bird does have avian pox or another illness, it would be best for your friend to take down their feeders and clean them for a little while. 

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