Budgerigar beak, SEM

Budgerigar beak, SEM

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Caption: Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) beak, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The outside surface of the beak, seen here, is covered by a thin horny sheath of keratin called the rhamphotheca. This bird is a highly sociable type of parrot. Magnification: x400 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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