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Watching one of these birds feed brings new meaning to the term ‘dexterity’. I understand the muscles in their feet actually work in reverse to us… when we relax, our grip on something loosens, but for a parrot like the Kaka, apparently their grip tightens as they relax. Thats why they don’t fall out of trees when they sleep. 😀
@Chthnoiid: Is it true that virtually all parrots are left footed [left handed] and that they hold and eat things with their left foot and hang on with their right?
It isn’t difficult given the paucity of material. It’s made me realise that society’s general embracing of the concept of recycling has been adopted to such an extent by some individuals that it pervades their every thought, word and in that case, twenty year grand plan.
In fact, in reflecting upon the point, it occurs to me that I could extend this service beyond the Friday photo. I’ll give it a go.
Stepping into the Great Blogger’s shoes will not be easy. After years of polishing the turd that forms parts 1 & 2 of his twenty year plan Reddy has developed an exquisite ability to sense the moods & tastes of his small band of followers.
He deserves to be up there with those who can tell butter from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
Thanks- there’s no doubting the genuine charisma of the parrots- and our few species are no exception.
Yes- the reversed hallux allowing that grip famously first appeared in bird-fossil record with Archeopteryx in Cretaceous. Modern birds basically extended and refined the grip. Bird are very dexterous as a rule- and the Corvids put some of our primate cousins to shame with their tool-building.
I wasn’t aware of the preference for left-footedness in parrots sorry- the feeding pics I have of them are actually using their right foot to hold on to food with.