All birds have claws (like a human’s fingernail), but a talon is a special claw.
A talon is the claw of a bird of prey.
A talon is used for hunting and killing. It is a large, sharp, curved and pointed claw.
A bird of prey is also called a raptor, which means to seize or grab using force.
A bird of prey is any bird, such as a hawk, eagle, owl, or vulture, that is carnivorous (meat-eating) and catches their food with their talons. Their food is usually rodents, fish, lizards, and small mammals.
A talon, like all claws, is made of a hard protein called keratin.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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