The tip of this bird's beak bends slightly to the right. Why?


This marvelous bird is a Limpkin. It specializes in eating Apple Snails, and it uses its special beak to extract them from their shells. There is a small gap near the end of the beak, that lets it act like tweezers to grasp and cut the muscles that attach the snail to its shell. The right hand bend in the beak lets it reach deep into the right hand curve of the snail shell.