foot arrangement correction

Charles Swift charless at
Tue Mar 12 08:45:24 PST 2002

The quoted statement below from the previous owl article is incorrect. Most
birds have 4 toes (at least of the North American orders). Owls have a
zygodactyl arrangement, 2 toes forward and 2 toes back. Apparently there is
some amount of flexibity in this arrangement and it is more pronounced in
some species such as Barn Owls, which hunt on the wing.

" For example, scientists know that snowy owls have four talons on each
foot, instead of the usual three. "


Charles E. Swift
Moscow, ID, USA
charless at

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