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Types of Bird Feet

Wading Foot. The long legs of killdeer make it possible for them to wade into ponds and streams to catch and eat small water animals.

wading foot

Swimming Foot. Ducks and loons have webbed feet which they use to paddle through water.

swimming foot

Climbing Foot. Woodpeckers have sharp, curved claws that help them to climb and to clutch the bark of trees. Two toes point forward, and two point backward.

climbing foot

Grasping Foot. Hawks and owls have sharp, curved claws, or talons, with which to catch their prey. They use their strong claws to crush their victims, and to carry them away.

grasping foot

Perching Foot. All songbirds, or perching birds, have three toes pointing forward and one pointing backward. Such birds clamp their toes around a branch to keep from falling off.

perching foot

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