[Tweeters] Waxwing tongue in action

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Sun Oct 6 12:55:47 PDT 2013

Hi Tweets,

Only after I "developed" this photo of the juvenile Cedar Waxwing foraging in my hawthorne did I see its tongue. The paraglossale bone seemed clearly to be acting as a shovel to get that big berry down the hatch. I've never actually seen this in action before, although my Manual of Ornithology (Proctor and Lynch) has a nice diagram of the bone.


(My new macro lens, gift of my generous partner, has also generated some new perspectives on end-of-the-summer bees: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/.)

Good birding to all,

Trileigh Tucker
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
Natural history website: naturalpresence.wordpress.com
Flickr page: flickr.com/photos/trileigh

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