Birds of the breeding season are such interesting creatures. Flying. Singing. Looking handsome. Building nests. Caring for nestlings. Teaching the young how to be their species.

Today ends our brief series about the external body parts that make Aves exceptional and enviable. With a bill (or beak), we have the most versatile part of the complete bird. If ever you’ve watched a Pileated or Red-bellied Woodpecker use her bill to pull old leaves from a tree cavity, you have seen what a tool it is!

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