Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Birds: Hop vs Walk
Name: mic
Status: other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2002034

Why do some birds walk whilst others hop?

The general answer to "why" things are in nature is "because it works." Evolution and adaptation have equipped different creatures with different sets of characteristics that work in their environment. If we study a creature and its environment closely we may come up with some guess as to why a particular characteristic or behavior works well, or maybe not. More specifically with bird locomotion, it may have to do with food gathering techniques, body shape and size, or other factors.

J. Elliott

Click here to return to the Zoology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory