The morphological features of the chick embryo tongue from the 8th day of incubation till hatching and during the early post incubation period have been investigated by means of Scanning Electron Microscope. At the SEM, it is possible to observe that already at the 8th day of incubation, the body and the root are separated by a low smooth-surfaced ridge. In the following days this ridge develops, giving rise to the so-called lingual spines, whose significance is still uncertain. As concerns the evolutive pattern of the superficial layer of the epithelium, in the first days of the considered incubation period the cells appear dome-shaped and have microvilli on their apical surface; afterwards they tend to become more flattened, and the microvilli are replaced by a thick net of microplicae. In the last days of incubation and after hatching desquamative phenomena become evident. The above described evolutive process can be regarded as a common feature of the whole dorsal lingual surface; only few regional differences are to be noted, such as the earlier development of the microplicae on the apex and borders of the tongue. In particular, the microplicae observed at the apex of the tongue show a typical aspect and arrangement; they run regularly parallel to each other. On the lingual dorsal surface taste bud-like structures have never been observed.