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Termite burrower

The termite burrower is a wingless bird. Its feathers are fine and hair-like, and its long claws and shovel-shaped beak are designed for digging into termite mounds. Its tongue has a bristle-like tip.

The termite burrower, Neopardelotus subterrestris, is a brown, flightless, burrowing pardalote from the undergrowth of the Australian tropical forest. It is as curious a local bird as the hawkbower.

This mole-like bird lives entirely underground in termite nests, where it digs nesting chambers with its huge feet and feeds on the termites with its long and sticky tongue.

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