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Science fact of the day: Baltimore Orioles have a sweet tooth

Baltimore Orioles enjoy sweet foods and can often be attracted to visit backyards with slices of sweet fruits, dollops of grape jelly, or well-stocked hummingbird feeders.

When eating sweet fruits and berries, these birds are known to practice an unusual eating technique called gaping — they insert their beak into the food, spread it out to create a tunnel, and then use their tongues to lap up the sweet juices.


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