# My name sounds like a bird - Riddle

My name sounds like a bird
Whole body is like tongue of a lizard
Am different colors
And I well can be very littered

My energy melts away over time
But not quite like an ice
And when not taken care of
I'll collect dust and lice

UPDATE: If you write an answer but want to change it or make a second guess, please update your answer, keeping the new guess above the old guess. Please do not overwrite.

Hint: It's not a food. And it is quite sticky.

• Should line 4 be "And I very well can be littered" or "And I can be very well littered", or is this odd phrasing deliberate? – Rand al'Thor Mar 24 '15 at 23:43
• Welcome aboard! Wonderful start.. :) – zlobi.wan.kenobi Mar 25 '15 at 9:19
• Beautiful puzzle! The answer clearly will be some kind of candy or sweet whose "name sounds like a bird". – Alexis Mar 25 '15 at 10:12
• @Martin Wrong. It's not a food. – Rand al'Thor Mar 28 '15 at 10:48

Is it:

Duct tape

Sounds like a bird:

"Duck" tape

Body like the tongue of a lizard:

Sticky, like has already been mentioned

Am different colors:

Duct tape is sold in a variety of colors

Well can be very littered:

Not sure if there's more to this one, but scraps of duct tape can be left around as litter

Energy melts away:

As with other answers, it loses its stickiness over time. Also, old duct tape can start to melt over time if stuck to something out in the heat, etc

It'll collect dust and lice:

Even when on the roll, the sides of a roll of duct tape can be sticky enough to collect dust

• Correct, correct, correct! I'm sorry I didn't see your answer earlier! This is exactly correct! Good job Ben. Accepted as best answer. – Paper Towel Jul 24 '15 at 20:18

You are:

Wax or a candle

My name sounds like a bird

Apparently there's a bird called a waxwing

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

Wax is sticky when melted

Am different colors

Candles

And I well can be very littered

Grammatically incorrect play on lighting candle?

My energy melts away over time / But not quite like an ice

Candles melt as you burn them (using their energy)

And when not taken care of  I'll collect dust and lice

People tend to have decorative candles that end up just being dust collectors

You are

Velcro

My name sounds like a bird

Like a crow

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

Velcro rolls up like a lizard tongue. Lizard tongues might also have little barbs on it

Am different colors

Velcro comes in all colors

And I well can be very littered

lint and stuff gets stuck in between the barbs

My energy melts away over time But not quite like an ice

After using it, the edges start curling up and it doesn't hold as firmly

And when not taken care of I'll collect dust and lice

another reference to stuff that gets stuck in Velcro

This is a second guess.

Is it a(n)

Sucker

My name sounds like a bird

The Yellow-bellied or Red-breasted SapSUCKER

Whole body like the tongue of a Lizard

They get all sticky

Am different colors

Just about every brand of sucker comes in many colors, including suckers that have different colors

And can well very be littered

Discarded suckers can litter a floor, just look in any Elementary school hallway on November 1st.

My energy melts away over time But not quite like an ice

A suckers energy (and I don't know if this means caloric content or just the fact that the sucker exists) melts away, not quite like ice with repeated licking/sucking

And when not taken care of, I'll collect dust and lice

The aforementioned stickiness can make all sorts of pick cling to a sucker.

Is it a(n)

arrow

My name sounds like a bird

sparrow

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

long, narrow and forked at the end

Am different colors

the fletchings can be very colorful

And I well can be very littered

definition of Litter from Merriam-Webster: a messy pile or group of things

My energy melts away over time But not quite like an ice

arrows wear out over time. After a few years of use, they become less straight, and cannot fly as far.

And when not taken care of I'll collect dust and lice

If left unattended, the arrows will collect dust, and lice if the fletchings are made from true feathers

• Sorry for the late reply...Not what I was going for, but I like the idea. +1! – Paper Towel Mar 28 '15 at 5:17
• It might be better to put your latest answer at the top so that it's what people see first. If you want to separate the two guesses, you can use <hr> to draw a horizontal line between them. – Rand al'Thor Mar 29 '15 at 19:31
• +1, a litter is the pouch on your back that you draw them from. – Mazura Mar 30 '15 at 2:35

You are

Sandpaper

My name sounds like a bird

Sandpiper

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

Rough

Am different colors

And I well can be very littered

My energy melts away over time

Loses grit

But not quite like an ice And when not taken care of I'll collect dust and lice

I'm sure I know the answer, but I haven't managed to fit the first line yet. It's

CHEWING GUM.

My name sounds like a bird

This is the line I'm still struggling with.

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

Many lizards have sticky tongues with which to catch insects, and chewing gum is also sticky.

Am different colors

Chewing gum comes in many colours.

And I well can be very littered

It's often thrown away, littering the streets.

My energy melts away over time
But not quite like an ice

Chewing gum loses its chewiness after some time, but it doesn't literally "melt" in the same way ice does.

And when not taken care of
I'll collect dust and lice

If you take out a piece of chewing gum and leave it somewhere, it will gather dust and all sorts of muck.

• Why 3 downvotes?!! – Rand al'Thor Mar 25 '15 at 21:55
• I don't see any problem with your answer~ – Alex Mar 25 '15 at 22:17
• Really close, really close !!! It's not a food though! – Paper Towel Mar 28 '15 at 5:18
• $(+1)$ Are people forgetting this is @Randal'Thor we're talking about? Everyone knows his answers are great! I mostly upvote them before I even read them, because I know what I will read: brilliance! :D – Mr Pie Mar 1 at 13:57

You may be a

Post-it

In fact:
My name sounds like a bird

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

It's sticky and useful!

Am different colors And I well can be very littered

They can be all colors, scattered everywhere.

My energy melts away over time But not quite like an ice

It's not melting like ice, but its sticky power decreases over time.

And when not taken care of I'll collect dust and lice

I think we all know what happens to a post-it when it's not pinned to a surface...

A mohawk

My name sounds like a bird

Hawk.

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

You need something sticky to hold it up.

Am different colors

I've seen them in many colors

And I well can be very littered

Littered with... I don't know.

My energy melts away over time But not quite like an ice

I don't imagine it'll stay up forever, but it won't liquify.

And when not taken care of  I'll collect dust and lice

Hair attracts lice. Stickiness attracts dust.

• $(+1)$ Nice try ;) – Mr Pie Mar 1 at 13:57

I apologize for making everyone wait so long. The correct answer, in fact, is

Duct tape.

I'm pretty sure the rest is pretty self-explanatory, but still, these are the descriptions:

My name sounds like a bird

Duct tape sounds like duck tape. (There's even a company that sells duct tape called Duck Tape.)

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

Duct tape has a sticky side (lizard tongues are sticky)

Am different colors

Duct tape is avaliable in different colors.

And I well can be very littered

People litter pieces of duct tape all the time.

My energy melts over time

Duct tape loses its stickiness over time

But not quite like an ice

This line is the clue that the word 'melt' is used as a metaphor in the previous line

And when not taken care of
I'll collect dust and lice

If the sticky side is left, eventually it collects dust particles and hair

Thank you to all who participated in my riddle!

• @Len Didn't see it. Changed best answer. Thanks len. – Paper Towel Jul 24 '15 at 20:18

I think you're

pork

My name sounds like a bird

stork

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

uncooked pork is pink like a tongue

Am different colors

depending on how you cook it, the color will change

And I well can be very littered

with salt and pepper

My energy melts away over time

But not quite like an ice

a heated steak will eventually get cold

And when not taken care of I'll collect dust and lice

improperly handled pork can collect germs and parasites, and is one of the worst things that you can eat (unfortunately i know from experience)

• I don't think this is it ... why like the tongue of a lizard rather than anything else with a pink tongue? Lizards don't neccessarily have pink tongues anyway. – Rand al'Thor Mar 25 '15 at 12:03
• @randal'thor i assumed just for the rhyming – MrSudds Mar 25 '15 at 12:43
• Sorry, I like your way of thinking, but...that's not really the answer. – Paper Towel Mar 28 '15 at 5:18

Is it:

Lollypops?

My name sounds like a bird

I can't get this one

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

It rolls like a lizard's tongue

Am different colors

Colorful candy!

And I well can be very littered

Once you're done eating...littering is no good

My energy melts away over time
But not quite like an ice

Sugar melts

And when not taken care of
I'll collect dust and lice

Leave it alone and it'll get dirty

• @programmersdude I assume this is not the answer you're looking for? – Alex Mar 27 '15 at 21:53
• It is sticky. Try again. – Paper Towel Mar 28 '15 at 5:19
• Sorry for the late reply. Do you by chance know the policy of SE on giving answers or answering your own question. Thanks! – Paper Towel Mar 28 '15 at 5:20
• @programmersdude Puzzling.SE is a bit of a special case on this issue: on other SEs where people ask for help, it's fine if they can answer their own question. Here you've presented this riddle as a challenge, so it'd be frowned upon to answer it yourself unless attention has completely died out and nobody else is interested (or if someone has answered correctly but you want to give a 'canonical' answer explaining all your intended interpretations). I suggest giving it a few more days; I'm still working on it and others may be too. – Rand al'Thor Mar 28 '15 at 10:55
• @programmersdude The question is still near the top of the active questions list (that's how I found it) so there's still a good chance that someone will come by soon with the right answer – Ben Apr 1 '15 at 0:48

Lots of copy pasta, but the answer is:

A star

My name sounds like a bird

Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae

Whole body is like tongue of a lizard

A lizard uses its tongue for maintenance (eating, drinking, cleaning, etc.). A star's body maintains its nuclear reactions.

Am different colors

Red, yellow, white, blue, etc.

And I well can be very littered

Universe-wide, in fact.

My energy melts away over time But not quite like an ice

Stars spend about 90% of their existence fusing hydrogen into helium in high-temperature and high-pressure reactions near the core. Such stars are said to be on the main sequence. The duration that a star spends on the main sequence depends primarily on the amount of fuel it has to fuse and the rate at which it fuses that fuel.

And when not taken care of I'll collect dust and lice

In larger stars, fusion continues until the iron core has grown so large that it can no longer support its own mass. This core will suddenly collapse, and the shockwave formed by this sudden collapse causes the rest of the star to explode in a supernova, resulting in a neutron star or black hole, both of which will consume any dust or lice in its vicinity.

• Nope sorry that's not really it. However I like your very clever way of thinking... – Paper Towel Mar 28 '15 at 5:20