Coal Tit

Hello everyone. I first spotted this coal tit in our garden about a year ago and managed to take some photos of it yesterday. I thought it had part of its left leg missing, but looking at the photos it seems its leg is fine, it just doesn't have toes on that leg.

Was it injured or did its toes not develop properly?

The coal tit seems fine, I'm just curious. 

The first photo is a bit blurry, but it's the only one where you can see its left leg.

  • In reply to Internetman:

    Thank you for the link.

    It looks more like a congenital deformity than an injury to me. I'm no expert though.
  • To a non medic like me It looks a birth defect if the Coal Tit has survived so long it obviously is coping ok but it may be a bit awkward for perching

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    It can't bend over properly to pick things up while perching the way other birds do. So it can't access the water bowl we put out. It drinks from the bird bath though by leaning down the sloped edge on its left leg.

    I find it fascinating to watch. It appears to use our peanut feeder by gripping it with its right leg and holding its body right up against it to balance.

    It's also very cute :)

  • Reminds me a bit ofwhen I was on crutches except the cute bit of course lol

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • This is just a guess, but it could be it was attacked by a sparrow hawk when it was younger because it looks like it has healed over time.
  • In reply to Lapwing111:

    I suppose that is possible but a Sparrowhawk would tend to aim to grab the main body in its talons but the bird may havre trapped its foot in the past and as you say healed over.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can