What does the tongue of a Gull look like?
Birds do not have teeth, so their tongues and beaks are adapted to foraging (looking for food) and feeding.
The European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) is a large coastal bird. People often call it a Seagull, but as pointed out by a reader, it is a Gull, not a Seagull. It feeds on fish and crustaceans, such as crabs and shrimp. It is also a scavenger, feeding on human scraps.
Its tongue, and the tongue of all gulls, is pink and tapered in a long triangular shape. It is wider at the base and narrower at the tip. It fits neatly into the shape of its beak.
Fish-eating birds, such as gulls, have small narrow tongues so that they don’t get in the way when they’re eating a fish whole, head first.
Location of photographs: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM