Ostriches and Emus: How many toes?

How many toes does an ostrich have? How many toes does an emu have?

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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