Please start this bird anatomy series with post #403, March 10.
The bird's leg is similar in structure to the human. Many believe that a bird's knee bends backwards
because they mistake the ankle for the knee. As in man . . . a bird's knee bends forward.
The bird's knees and thighs are hidden under feathers . . . you don't see the bird's knee
and the joint that appears to be the knee is actually the ankle.
Below is a drawing comparing the human leg with a bird's leg.
Scroll to the last blog and see how the bird's leg attaches to the skeleton.
Copyright - Sandy Scott
Below, is one of my favorite works entitled Hay Bay. The sculpture depicts a live-sized Mallard pitching in for a landing. Note the bend at the bird's ankle . . . the knee is hidden by feathers.
19"H 25"W 14"D