This little bit of female fluff lives up to her name: Downy Woodpecker.


Males are virtually identical except for a red taillight in the back of their heads:


One of the amazing features of woodpeckers is their highly-adapted tongue, which has fascinated scientists (including Leonardo da Vinci) for centuries. Woodpecker tongues are huge in proportion to the birds’ heads, in which they’re coiled like circular springs and act like shock absorbers when the birds are hammering. When the birds are not hammering, their tongues can be extended into a crevasse where the appendages’ barbed ends spear insects. (Brooklin, Maine)