photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
"Dr. Bob" Setzer | all galleries >> Streamwood Estates - Rochester Hills, Michigan >> Birds From Streamwood Estates > 6539-Oriole-tongue
previous | next
2011-05-07 Robert Setzer


"Dr. Bob's Deck"

Oriole tongue!
I guess I "have a thing" about birdie tongues. Last year's hummer was the best!. Heck, I can rarely get a bird to pose for pics, much less see the tongue action! In the previous pic, the tongue is tucked on the upper mandible while declaring. Here the tongue is (I believe) tasting. I have other birdie pics where the tongue is working seeds into the correct position for crushing. Who ever thinks about birdie tongues? We know about beaks relative to food sources, but I now suspect the tongue has a major role in the effectiveness of the beak! Anyone know a paper about how birds use their tongues?

(And, I am prompted to ask ... how about humans? It is certainly multi-purpose as well!) Oh, forget that - back to my original question please!

other sizes: small medium large original auto
Guest 29-May-2012 13:12
I kinow all about fish tongues from Newfoundland!! Phyllis
Type your message and click Add Comment
It is best to login or register first but you may post as a guest.
Enter an optional name and contact email address. Name
Name Email
help private comment