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Dec 9, 2012 10:41 AM

Waxwing

Hi,

 

Hopefully you will be able to shed some light on the attached photograph.

 

Having read through the various bird books that I have and searched on the internet I have not been able to glean any information regarding the unusual 'hinging' of the tongue of the waxwing.

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    Dec 9, 2012 11:15 AM (in response to woolly mammoth)
    Re: Waxwing

    Hi

     

    From what I can determine from information I have read on this bird, the tongue is triangular, sagittate and papillate at the base. This causes it to flex at the narrow point where the triangular part joins the rest of the tongue causing the hinge effect you mention. It may possibly be an adaptation to allow it to "grip" berries more effectively, however that is just a guess on my part.

     

    Stunning picture by the way

     

    Regards

     

    Habdab

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    Dec 9, 2012 12:48 PM (in response to woolly mammoth)
    Re: Waxwing

    When I was a boy I had a pet Magpie the tongue was identical the arrow head area was rigid almost boney  the first area that flexed was behind this, in the middle of the tongue

     

    Steve

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