Budgerigar throat, SEM

Budgerigar throat, SEM

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Caption: Budgerigar throat. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the oesophagus of a budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus). The oesophagus in most birds is lined with layers of keratinocytes (green, top), cells that produce keratin (a tough, fibrous protein). The budgerigar is a highly sociable type of parrot. Magnification: x500 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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