# Neat Hummingbird Fact!

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River.  Hold On!!! Neat fact coming up!!! Guess what: Hummingbirds do NOT suck up nectar.  Nope.  They lap/lick up the nectar. I have simplified the process explanation:  The hummingbird flicks his long tongue out and into the nectar.  The tongue flattens and grooves down its length become immersed in the fluid.  The tongue then rolls it sides up and the rolling action puts pressure on the nectar and down it goes into the bird’s tummy.  In effect, the tongue is an elastic pump.  Ok.  So, I have given you 2 photos from this morning at the lake so you can see the very long thin tongue on this ruby-throated hummingbird.  The black and white photo helps delineate the tongue.  Link to take you to a wonderful page with great explanations https://www.livescience.com/51904-hummingbird-tongue-pump.html