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2012-03-10
What bird has longest tongue relative to body size?


The Wrynecks at two-thirds of its body length excluding the tail.

The Wrynecks - genusJynx - are a small but distinctive group of small Old World Woodpeckers.

There are two species – Eurasian Wryneck - Jynx torquilla and Red-throated Wryneck - Jynx ruficollis

Description

Wrynecks have large heads, long tongues which they use to extract their insect prey and zygodactyl feet, with two toes pointing forward, and two backwards. However, they lack the stiff tail feathers that the true woodpeckers use when climbing trees, so they are more likely than their relatives to perch on a branch rather than an upright trunk.

 


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