sick? tongue problem? advice please

sick? tongue problem? advice please

Joined: June 9th, 2011, 12:41 am

September 12th, 2012, 5:00 pm #1

A hummingbird at my feeder just now had something long and thin hanging down the side of its beak, coming out of its beak. It looked like a thread but I was afraid it could be its tongue. Otherwise, it appeared healthy, full of energy and was chasing off other birds from the feeder. Any ideas? Can this happen to a hummingbird's tongue? It was feeding normally, and I can't imagine it could feed without its tongue working properly. Am I wrong?
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Joined: September 16th, 2005, 12:08 pm

September 12th, 2012, 5:58 pm #2

It may have been a thread or a bit of plant material. It is hard to say without seeing a picture of it but if it was nectaring normally, it may be able to take care of whatever it is by itself.

Penny
NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
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Penny
Zone 6a
Western NY state
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Joined: September 19th, 2005, 10:07 pm

September 12th, 2012, 11:40 pm #3

This hummingbird had a bill and a tongue problem but could eat from a tube feeder.
You have to watch the video to see that particular hummingbird - but if you haven't seen the video before you can see how hummingbirds use their tongue to drink.

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Russ Thompson
http://e-hummingbirds.com
http://vimeo.com/hummingbirds
http://hummingbirds.photoshop.com
Louisville, Kentucky


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Joined: June 9th, 2011, 12:41 am

September 18th, 2012, 4:02 pm #4

A hummingbird at my feeder just now had something long and thin hanging down the side of its beak, coming out of its beak. It looked like a thread but I was afraid it could be its tongue. Otherwise, it appeared healthy, full of energy and was chasing off other birds from the feeder. Any ideas? Can this happen to a hummingbird's tongue? It was feeding normally, and I can't imagine it could feed without its tongue working properly. Am I wrong?
thank you Russ and Penny. Yes, Russ, it's quite similar to the bird in the video, with a deformed bill too. But it feeds off the tube feeder no problem and in fact chases off all competitors.
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Joined: July 21st, 2012, 5:54 pm

September 19th, 2012, 4:55 am #5

A hummingbird at my feeder just now had something long and thin hanging down the side of its beak, coming out of its beak. It looked like a thread but I was afraid it could be its tongue. Otherwise, it appeared healthy, full of energy and was chasing off other birds from the feeder. Any ideas? Can this happen to a hummingbird's tongue? It was feeding normally, and I can't imagine it could feed without its tongue working properly. Am I wrong?
Interesting video, seeing how much these guys drink while feeding. I have only dish type feeders, and it's impossible to determine just how much each bird is getting. Seeing how much this guy in the video drank, it's small wonder some of them turn out to be real porkers.

Bill

Northeast Texas
Plant Hardiness Zone 8a
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Joined: December 27th, 2005, 5:15 pm

September 20th, 2012, 12:41 am #6

A hummingbird at my feeder just now had something long and thin hanging down the side of its beak, coming out of its beak. It looked like a thread but I was afraid it could be its tongue. Otherwise, it appeared healthy, full of energy and was chasing off other birds from the feeder. Any ideas? Can this happen to a hummingbird's tongue? It was feeding normally, and I can't imagine it could feed without its tongue working properly. Am I wrong?
Rev,

Somewhere I remember a pic of a hummer with a tongue where the tip was dried out and was told it would fall off and be ok.

Pam
Matawan,NJ 7a



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