2Bird FeetBirds have feet of different shapes and sizes.
3Bird FeetMost birds have four toes: three toes point forward and one toe points backwards.
4Bird FeetBirds use their feet in a variety of ways. Can you think of some? To climb, To walk, To run, To swim, To build their nests, and To get food, to name just a few.
5Types of FeetBirds need different feet depending on where they live and how they eat.
6Types of FeetWading feet: Birds that live near the water need feet designed to help them wade into the water to find food, like this heron:
7Types of FeetWading feet: Birds that live and feed near water need longer legs and toes that spread out to keep them from sinking into the soft mud.
8Types of Feet Birds that live in water need feet Webbed feet:Birds that live in water need feetmade for swimming, like this duck:
9Types of FeetWebbed feet: The skin between the toes, called “webbing,” help these birds to swim through the water. Have you ever worn flippers when you’ve gone swimming? They work the same way to propel you through the water and help you swim farther faster.
10Types of FeetClimbing feet: Some birds spend much of their time climbing on the trunks of trees to find food. Their feet are made up of sharp, curved claws that help them climb and clutch the bark of trees, like this woodpecker:
11Types of FeetClimbing feet: The toes on climbing feet are arranged differently from most other bird feet. What do you notice?
12Types of FeetClimbing feet: There are two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing back. This configuration helps the bird to grasp the tree more tightly while it searches for food.
13Types of FeetPerching feet: Many birds have three toes pointing forward and one pointing backward. Over half the world’s birds have a single hind toe which helps them to get a tight grip on branches, like this mockingbird:
14Types of FeetPerching feet: Not all perching feet look the same, but they have the same structure of three toes forward and one toe back.
15Types of FeetPredator feet: Birds of prey have long talons which help them to catch their food, like this eagle:
16Types of Feet Predator feet: These birds need feet that can grip and grab.
17Click on these toes to see more feet! The next time you see a bird, take a look at its feet. Use your detective/scientific skills of observation. Those feet can tell you a lot about the bird!Who am I?A chicken!Click on these toes to see more feet!