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What are birds' feet called?

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A bird's feet are simply referred to as "feet." The claws on the end of a bird's feet are also simply called "claws," unless the bird is a bird of prey, such as an eagle, vulture or hawk — then its claws are called "talons."

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The feet of each bird species varies widely based on adaptations that the bird has undergone to help it survive in its habitat. For example, a woodpecker's feet have evolved with two toes pointing backward and two pointing forward in a design that helps the bird scale trees and climb sideways on the trunks of trees. By contrast, a duck has evolved a webbed foot that helps it to swim quickly and efficiently.

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