Field Fun Friday

FlowerFlower Child…. or what happens when you are a fledgling and can’t avoid crash landing in a dandelion patch (Ferruginous Hawks are carnivores, so the flower was removed). This picture also illustrates some of features of the mouth, such as the glottis (the trachea opening at the rear of the tongue through which the bird breathes, and the rear-facing papillae (the black projections in front of the glottis) which helps the bird manipulate food in its mouth.

-by Melynda Johnson

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