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Re: Parrot cheeks
These structures aren't cheeks,they're called ''the cere.''They are
functionally different from cheeks as well,as they serve as a joint between
the skull and the unattached beak.It's the cere that allows parrots to be
even more efficient eaters and processors of food then they allready are
with their usually strong beaks,muscled and flexible tongue,intelligence and
''food-in-foot''-method.The cere means the parrot can move it's beak in a
number of ways that go beyond what other birds can do.They certainly don't
serve as cheeks however,as they aren't ment to store food in.
From: meor hakif <email@example.com>
Subject: Parrot cheeks
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 19:55:15 -0700 (PDT)
I've been looking at several parrot skulls and faces.
They seem to have some kind of 'cheek' surrounding the
mouth just behind the beak. In other birds, this part
is cheekless but possesses lips or some sort of horny
covering. Could this cheek-like structure be similar
to those interpreted for ornithischians? Is it muscle
or ligament or skin?...any ideas?
I hope that helps,
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