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It doesn't matter how pretty a bird is. how vibrant the colours, how flowing the feathers, how sweet the song. If you take a look at their feet you will see scales and claws.
Some, like this Red Tailed Hawk, have particularly clawsome claws. These are the talons of the bird of prey, the chief weaponry of eagles, hawks, buzzards and falcons.
The Red Tailed Hawk comes from North America and is fairly small as raptors go, reaching little more than 50 cm (20 in) long with a wingspan two or three times that.
But those evil talons! They