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What is the difference between Beak and Bill?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Aug 05, 2020

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J. Shatner

J. Shatner, Content writer, Boston

Answered Apr 21, 2020

Beaks and Bills may serve the same purpose in birds; however, the anatomy between the two differs considerably. Beaks are made up of a substance called keratin. They also possess two holes, which are visible at the top, and their function is respiration.

Beaks are linked by soft tissues and bones, which may come in a wide array of shapes and sizes. The beak could be long, flat, conical, or slender. Beaks have many different tasks to accomplish. The most important one is feeding. The characteristics of birds can be easily grouped according to a bird’s beak structure.

Bills are typically common in birds such as flamingos, spoonbills, pelicans, crossbills, and even small finches. These bills assist them with filtering food in the water. The bills can also open seeds. The bills have two parts, the fleshy covering, shape, and unique structure of the jaws.

 

M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Apr 08, 2020

Beaks are pointed and rounded at the tip, while bills are flat and rounded on end. Beaks are commonplace in birds, such as the owl, that mainly feed on meat, while bills are common in birds, such as flamingos, that consume water creatures.

Beaks are a layer of the epidermis and are made up of a material known as keratin. They also have two holes that are visible at the top, called nares. Soft tissues and bones connect beaks. The most significant function of the beak is feeding. Birds who have bills, on the other hand, filter their food in the water.

The bills have two parts, the fleshy covering and the bony skeleton of the jaws. The top and bottom sections of a bird’s bill are termed mandibles. The edge of the bill is hard and sharp. Some birds like finches use the beak to open seeds and eat.

 

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