Having seen a number of documentaries on penguins, who seem anything but tongue-tied, this is a baffling idea.  They seem garrulous and permanently participating in a cocktail party.

‘… as the northern call fell silent among the tongue-tied penguins of the Arctic floes …’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 144

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