Red-bellied woodpecker

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, April 18, 2021.


A regular visitor to the yard, loves peanuts.
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 -Cornell Lab of Ornithology- All About Birds

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