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Woodpeckers have a tongue...I had no idea!

Apparently it kind of wraps around their head and can go out quite a ways. Freaky.

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finchwench
Jul. 14th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
design of head-bangers
As I last read, the sub-lingual bones are believed to serve as a pathway for shock dissipation during impact when woodpeckers are doing what woodpeckers do.

anthophilous
Jul. 14th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Re: design of head-bangers
I wonder how much force they actually strike with when they are really rolling...have to look that up *makes note*
finchwench
Jul. 18th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: design of head-bangers
There are publications which have reported that Acorn Woodpeckers, for example, can endure 600 - 1200 g-force, but g-force units are relative. Absolutely, that is about 500 - 1000 N, and I think that can be compared to roughly 3-6x the force of head thrust for a human during mild coughing/sneezing.
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