Female northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) before it was prepared by yours truly.  Not only do these woodpeckers have a hyoid that wraps around the back of their head and attach to the top of the skull, but their tongue also loops over their cranium with connections around the nostrils. If you’re going to go through the trouble of boring holes in things, you’d better have a tongue long enough to fish out the goods.

Female northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) before it was prepared by yours truly. Not only do these woodpeckers have a hyoid that wraps around the back of their head and attach to the top of the skull, but their tongue also loops over their cranium with connections around the nostrils. If you’re going to go through the trouble of boring holes in things, you’d better have a tongue long enough to fish out the goods.