I just found out the loon can't walk on land. Are there any other birds that can't walk on land? Posted on February 10, 2023 by Anonymous I just found out the loon can't walk on land. Are there any other birds that can't walk on land?
loons can’t “walk” it’s more of an awkward crawl cause their legs are so far back, they do come on land to nest though.
You'd thing things like these would just be easy prey. But somehow they still exist.
swifts not only can't walk, they can't even land.
If they get on the ground they are unable to fly up again.
They must perch on high places to get some lift to fly up, and they only do it to lay their eggs.
If they could give live birth they could potentially spend their whole life in the air.
Not being able to walk means that they sometimes end up nesting in funny places. Kilauea Crater in Hawaii has white tailed tropicbirds swarming around the place because they nest on/ belly slide off of the caldera walls.
Tropicbirds can’t walk. Their legs are positioned too far back on their bodies to support them. They can only move short distances on land by kicking their legs back to belly crawl. This means that they can’t get a running start to take off, so they nest on cliffs/ ledges to belly slide and plunge off of them. Also really windy slopes and dunes where they can catch the wind, but that’s not as fun.
Never seen a hummingbird perched and n flat. Can they walk?
Kinda but not really. Looks real weird in video how they move on land.
That was beautiful
I guess that does count, even if that might just be a rare autistic hummingbird.
I just know I have never even seen one attempt to land on a flat surface.
So they're basically evolving into penguins?
penguins can walk on land
So these things had to sacrifice their land walking so they could keep flying?
no, so they could keep swimming afloat, they're turning into boat birds
That would be such a cool category of animal. buoyant organisms that just skim across the water but rarely dive or go on land
its more like land mammals evolved into aquatic mammals
Most kino birdcall, so mysterious
I remember Amnesia the Dark Descent used loon calls as a "generic forest spooky" ambience sound effect in one of the maps and it just made me feel comfy because I grew up near a lake that had a lot of loons.
>That pic rel
I LOVE LAUDANUM
My grandma had a place by a lake up in Maine, I mean like lakefront property. Every summer my family would take a trip up there for a month or so. I'd hear the loons calling at night as I was falling asleep. That sounds is still comforting to me.
I can't go there anymore though because she died in that lake and I ain't swimming in there, no suh.
That always cracked me up. I was like, "Why is there loons here?"