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Birds - Structure and function 5 Adaptations of beaks and feet The shape and size of a bird’s feet and beak are usually adapted to its method of feeding and locomotion. The drawings are not to scale CURLEW Long, narrow beak probes into mud and sand on the shore and in estuaries to reach burrowing worms and molluscs. Characteristic of most waders, e.g. sandpipers and redshanks AFRICAN GREY PARROT Hook-like upper mandible assists in climbing. Sturdy, short beak enables seeds to be gripped and cracked open BUZZARD Powerful, sharp, hooked beak tears flesh from small birds and mammals. This type of beak is
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Unformatted text preview: characteristic of most birds of prey, including hawks, falcons, eagles and owls HERRING GULL Hind toe very small. The web between the three front toes provides an expanded surface for swimming and walking on soft surfaces. Characteristic of other gulls, sea birds, ducks and geese LITTLE OWL Three toes directed forward and one back, but they can be bent to meet. They are powerful with sharp, curved talons for catching, holding and killing prey. Characteristics of many predatory birds such as falcons and hawks. © D.G. Mackean...
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