Saratonin (thegirlsheriff) wrote in thequestionclub,

What does an average bird's tongue look like?

Last night my sister found a blue jay lying on the ground outside. We're not sure how long it had been there, but our dogs didn't give it a first or second glance - which is obviously strange. We put it in a shoe box and brought it inside. It can sort of move its feet and legs, to reposition itself and such, but it doesn't appear to be able to move its wings. Or at the very least, it hasn't attempted to while being observed. It also looks like something might be wrong with its tongue... There is a small triangular part on top and when it breathes, it pushes it to the tip of its beak. When it does that, the muscle underneath looks sort of like a "V", with a hole in the middle that is large enough to see through. The back of the triangle does not appear to be connected to the beak. We gave it some grain and water; its eaten a little bit but so far has yet to take a drink.

What should we do with it? I'm thinking about taking it outside later, to kind of... drop it and see if it tries to fly. If it doesn't, for whatever reason, would there be any point in keeping it alive?
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