Ostriches and Emus: How many toes?

FAST FACTS:

The ostrich has two toes.

The emu has three toes.

Most birds have four toes.

Ducks, geese, and water birds have webbing between their toes. They have webbed feet.

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ostrich toes

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ostrich toes

Emu feet

emu toes

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most birds have 4 toes

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birds use toes like humans use fingers

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ducks and water birds have webbed toes – webbed feet

Pelican

pelican with webbed feet

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seagulls have webbed feet and a small 4th toe that doesn’t touch the ground

 

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Wikipedia, Darekk2 (2014), Bird leg and pelvic girdle skeleton

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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