Why do some birds’ heads not rock forwards and backwards when they walk?


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When most birds walk, their heads snap backwards and forwards – pigeons being probably the most extreme example. Ducks’ heads don’t seem to do this. Why do ducks not and those others do? And which other birds’ heads don’t move as they walk? David Cockayne, Cheshire

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