When designing the birds, the creator, it seems, was a little out of his mind: either tired, or, on the contrary, too relaxed. Otherwise, it’s simply impossible to explain how we got the flamingo’s mouth turned upside down, the mouth of the penguin with its teeth, and the tongue with the processes of the parrots!
No, this is not Photoshop, although it would be better if it were him. Before us are the parrots from the Lori subfamily. Or rather, their language. Small colorful birds live in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Indonesia. Lovely creatures, at least until they open their twitter.
A long flexible tongue is dotted with creepy appendages. Moreover, this thing papug is perfectly controlled, retracting and spreading outgrowths if necessary. This is nothing but mutated language papillae. Rigid tubercles resemble a brush. But why did the bird remake its tongue to hell?
It’s all about the diet. All parrots from the Loreus subfamily feed on nectar and pollen from plants. Also in the diet of birds include soft juicy fruits. And with a hard brush, both are easy and convenient to lick. Unlike other parrots, Loriaceae have a weak beak, so instead of shredding fruits, they carefully bite the fruits or flowers, after which they lick all the juices with their brush for a long and hard. Local plants even formed a cool symbiosis with them. Flowers give off a lot of delicious nectar. While the parrot licks all this, it is smeared with pollen over the ears and then, like a bee, it helps in pollination of other plants.