Legs & Feet
|Perching birds have three forward toes and one pointing backward for grasping.|
|Ground feeders like sparrows and juncos scratch the ground for food. They also have three forward toes and one hind toe.|
|Birds of prey like eagles, hawks and owls have strong legs and feet with sharp, hooked claws to grasp and carry prey.|
|Woodpeckers have two toes forward and two toes backward with sharp, down-curved claws.|
Factoid: Putting pressure on the inside of the foot causes the toes to lock around a perch. This is how birds can sleep without falling off branches.