The Mighty Tongue

Unlike other woodpeckers, Northern Flickers spend a lot of time on the ground. They use their long, sticky, barbed tongues to lap up mainly ants and beetles, extracting them from deep tunnels underground with their long bills. The flicker’s tongue can extend a full two inches beyond the tip of its bill. One landed in my backyard to eat suet and I snapped a couple of photos, one revealing a partially extended tongue:

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I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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