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What is unusual about this water fowl's feet?


This is a Common Moorhen. They spend a lot of time swimming, but their feet do not have any webbing. In spite of that, they are very good swimmers. They accomplish this by having very long toes, giving them more surface area to use for pushing against the water. The long toes also distribute their weight, letting them walk across floating plants that would sink under other birds. Their special toes also make them excellent at climbing plants in search of seeds.