White-bellied Sea-eagle forked tongue

All or most birds have forked tongues.  The fork is at the rear of the elevated section of the tongue. Bird tongues have an arrowhead shape section sitting on a cylindrical base section.  Having handled thousands of birds for banding the tongue looks like any other bird’s tongue to me or am I missing something?


Greg Clancy


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It’s just in a V shape, isn’t it?


Peter Shute


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Hi all,


Can’t puzzle out why the bird pictured (seen at TownCommon Cons. Pk. yesterday appears to have curved forked extension to tongue. 




Tony Ashton

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