Gripping Yarns

To: <>
Subject: Gripping Yarns
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 09:25:19 +1100

With those feet, you might think the P Owl keeps a tight grip on that preferred limb.  Well, perhaps it does, but not with the claws.  When relaxed, the grip is typically with the hind and reversed toe and the upper pads of the front toes.  In the 2 upper pics all 4 front claws are clear of the surface.  The owl is also quite happy holding on with one foot while it scratches or attends to some other item of its toilet, and then it usually closes the toes of the holding foot, bringing the claws into contact with the surface – also closes both feet when defecating I might add.  Doesn’t  need to close both feet when holding prey either.



<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Gripping Yarns, Geoffrey Dabb <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU