The hind claws of Meadow Pipits really are something special. Just look at them:

Meadow Pipit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The long hind claw is probably an adaptation to perching on the ground rather than in trees or bushes or on other vegetation. It’s probably an essential part of their balance and stability on the ground. That’s my speculation, anyway, but I’m not willing to clip their nails to see.

Beautiful, aren’t they?

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