Red-bellied woodpecker in the pine.

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 2018.
Shooting through the branches to get this woodpecker.



Melanerpes carolinus
A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices. Males have longer, wider-tipped tongues than females, possibly allowing a breeding pair to forage in slightly different places on their territory and maximize their use of available food.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-bellied_Woodpecker

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