I’m writing an article on show pigeons right now and some of these birds I’m amazed they even have the ability to live, let alone breed naturally
WHY WITH THE POUTERS, PIGEONFOLK
Yep, Woodpecker Tongues are totally bad ass.
They wrap around their head and can extend out 3 times the length of their beaks using a mechanism called the Hyoid Apparatus. The tongue itself has a bony point on the end covered in backward facing barbs in order to harpoon their prey. And if they miss, the tongue is covered in sticky saliva which can also help snag any prey. They also have a listening device in their tongues, called the Herbst Corpuscle, which allows them to sense vibrations from movement.
Via Hilton Pond Center
Jinfengopteryx elegans by Hillary Esdaile:
“New Caledonian crows fashion sticks into harpoons and use them to snag tasty grubs out of holes and rotting wood. I wanted to draw a dinosaur using tools the same way, and I figured if any dinosaur was clever enough to figure it out, it would be a troodontid. So here is Jinfengopteryx elegans, a small troodontid from China that lived around 122 million years ago. This was my first serious foray into paleo art and though I admit I took some liberties with the flora, I tried to be as accurate as I could with the dinosaur. Jaime A. Headden helped me out a lot with the anatomy (many thanks!)”
GIFs from this video
Acryllium vulturinum - Vulturine guineafowl
I love Vulturine Guineafowl - they’re only distantly related to any of the other guineafowl, and are even more distantly related to other birds. They only eat bugs and seeds, but have the head of a scavenger. They don’t like flying, even though they’re able to. If threatened, they just run away.
Seriously, though…that head…why with the bald head, guineafowl? You weird.