Bald eagle talons can measure as long as two inches.
Bird talons are similar to a dog’s nails.
It struck the surface with its talons and rose back into the sky, carrying a large struggling fish.
Ben Mikaeslen -- Touching Spirit Bear
It digs in its talons and doesn’t move.
Veronica Roth -- Divergent
It would slash at him with beak and talons when he came near: For weeks his wrists and hands were always bleeding.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Bones
Even with my makeshift armguard, her sharp talons dug into my skin.
Rick Riordan -- The Red Pyramid
A bird-creature swung in low, huge wings flapping, talons extended.
Micheal Scott -- The Alchemyst
It checked itself at the last minute, only its talons breaking the surface of the waves, just for an instant.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
Spire vultures are massive birds with five-inch talons and wingspans that clear twenty feet.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
The school counselors shared a waiting room that held uncomfortable chairs, overloaded bulletin boards, a secretary named Gerta with blood-red talons, and a coffeepot that looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since the turn of the century.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory
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Rows of stubby wings lined their bodies, each wing tipped with a dagger-sharp talon.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
Olive laughed, clapping as the bird shredded a pig knuckle with her talons.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
I showed him the talon marks on the dresser and a feather that had landed on the floor.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I land on my back, trying desperately to catch my breath through the talons of pain gripping my lungs and face.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
Most of them had wings, and the ones that didn’t were carried in the talons of others.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
Bod stopped beside a grave that looked the way he felt: it was beneath an oak that had once been struck by lightning, and now was just a black trunk, like a sharp talon coming out of the hill; the grave itself was waterstained and cracked, and above it was a memorial stone on which a headless angel hung, its robes looking like a huge and ugly tree-fungus.
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
The jersey has a black number 5 on the back and a round black patch over the heart, hand sewn, that shows a ferocious-looking eagle with arrows in its talons.
Edward Bloor -- Tangerine
Dina points a long pink talon at her.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
They peer into taxidermists’ drawers full of feathers and talons and glass eyeballs; they flip through two-hundred-year-old herbarium sheets bedecked with orchids and daisies and herbs.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
This is why I was honored with the show of power, the flexing of the administrative biceps, the flashing of the talons when I wrote Piedmont that I was going to appear before the board.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Talon, an older Yellow with his hair woven into intricate dreadlocks, appeared first, followed by a wide-eyed Chubs.
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
Very scarred, very nicked, and the top’s in two pieces—but—look at those swept-back, weight-bearing talons on that ball-and-claw! the feet don’t come out well in the photo, but you can really see the pressure of the claws digging in.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
I wished for him, and he came, and he flashed out with his talons.
Nora Roberts -- Dark Witch
The shadow-birds turn their beady eyes on him and swarm in a tornado of wings and talons, pecking at his skin.
Veronica Roth -- Insurgent
Give me curved talons?
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
But as he flew home his long talon pierced the leaves and the rain fell as it had never fallen before.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
It had a glittering golden tail as long as a peacock’s and gleaming golden talons, which were gripping a ragged bundle.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
It hurled itself on Tenorio, and the sharp talons gouged out one eye from the face of the evil man.
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
One end of the great barn was piled high with new hay and over the pile hung the four-taloned Jackson fork suspended from its pulley.
John Steinbeck -- Of Mice and Men
How foolish to reveal those talons to him.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
Five of them were fluttering over the top of the dunes-plump little hags with pinched faces and talons and feathery wings too small for their bodies.
Rick Riordan -- The Sea of Monsters
Just at that moment the Lord of the Eagles swept down from above, seized him in his talons, and was gone.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Hobbit
In olden times an eagle swooped down upon the New England coast, and carried off an infant Indian in his talons.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
And then velocity-wings and engines-a smiling stewardess-but it was more than a plane, it was a real bird, a big sleek silver bird with feathers and talons and high screeching.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
Some had wings or webbed toes or taloned fingers.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Fallen Angels
Her feet had sharp talons, and in her brass-clawed hands she held a flaming whip and a paisley handbag.
Rick Riordan -- The Last Olympian
I have been so overwhelmed by the many storms that have broken over my head, that I am become passive in the hands of the Almighty, like a sparrow in the talons of an eagle.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
The toes were gnarled and leathery, with overgrown nails like a bird’s talons.
Rick Riordan -- The Throne of Fire
Solitude would be no solitude — rest no rest — while the vulture, hunger, thus sank beak and talons in my side.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
The seeker circled, was coming in for the kill with its talons drawn when someone kicked Dodge’s sword back to him.
Frank Beddor -- The Looking Glass Wars
The troll rounded on him, all ten talons sliding out to their full extent.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
Her fingers stretched, turning into talons.
Rick Riordan -- The Lightning Thief
He saw her land heavily and then crouch, clenching the ground with her talons.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
Claws and talons possess a monstrous sensuality,— the obscure movements of the creature imprisoned in their pincers.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
The monsters had glowing red eyes, sharp beaks, and vicious talons.
Rick Riordan -- The Son of Neptune
Piper looked at the bronze dragon wings shining against the sky, and those talons that could’ve shredded her to pieces.
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
The paw, with rigid claws curving like talons, shot under the tender belly and came back with a swift ripping movement.
Jack London -- White Fang
Reaching past Eragon with one scaly leg, she hooked her talons through the packs’ shoulder straps, then took off over their heads.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
More troubling still, Mary was holding one hand high above the head of infant John and making a decidedly threatening gesture—her fingers looking like eagle’s talons, gripping an invisible head.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Hedwig gave a very loud hoot and took off so suddenly that her talons cut into his shoulder.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire