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Predatory Functional Morphology in Raptors: Interdigital Variation in Talon Size Is Related to Prey Restraint and Immobilisation Technique

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Feet of representative raptors.

Note the digit length and relative enlargement and curvature of claws within each foot: Accipitridae bear hypertrophied talons on D-I and II; Falconidae have only modest talons on each digit and only slightly enlarged D-I and II; Strigiformes bear large talons with comparatively low curvature on each digit; Pandionidae have enlarged, highly recurved talons on each digit. (A) Accipitridae: goshawk, Accipiter gentilis, MOR OST-1276; (B), Accipitridae: red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis MOR OST-1275; (C) Falconidae: peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus, MOR OST-1265; (D) Strigiformes: great grey owl, Strix nebulosa, MOR OST-1284; (E) Pandionidae: osprey, Pandion haliaetus, MOR OST-1268.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0007999.g001