Talons are the long, sharp hooked claws or nails of a bird and most prominently a raptor. At the end of bird’s every toe, ther...
Talons are the long, sharp hooked claws or nails of a bird and most prominently a raptor. At the end of bird’s every toe, there’s one talon. Depending on talon’s use to bird and how worn they are, the talons vary in shape and size.
Raptors like hawks, eagles, falcons and owls have thicker, sharper and much enlarged talons than other birds. These birds of prey use their fierce talons for catching and dismembering their prey. They are strong enough to clasp the prey until it cuts to the mortal wound.
Even though talons are mostly associated with raptors, all birds have talons. The birds use their talons for individual needs and various purposes. Let’s know about some of the common ways how birds use their talons.
The aggressive birds use their talons like a weapon for attacking the predators, intruders and the rival birds competing for food, mates or territory. They may also use talons for defending their mate or nest when they’re under threat.
Made of keratin, a bird’s talons grow throughout its lifespan. Talons begin to worn out and lead to malformed talon in rare cases. Talons’ thickness, curvature and vary for every bird species and could even be used for identification in some cases. So whenever talons are noticeable, bird-watchers should carefully notice these things.
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