Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Photographer: Chris Kargel
Date: March 03, 2007
Comments: Park Headquarters, Brighton Recreation Area

Red-bellied Woodpecker tongue tip

Photographer: Chris Kargel
Date: January 12, 2008
Comments: This is a photo of a dead Red-bellied Woodpecker that I found in Brighton Recreation Area. The bird was frozen in the snow with it's tongue extended. In the photo you can see the hardened tip with rear-facing barbs that it uses to extract larvae from the tree. An interesting adaptation to see up close.

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