The third segment consists of nine small bones, the carpals of the wrist or the tarsals of the ankle.
The carpals, tarsals, metacarpals, and metatarsals are all free.
The distal row of tarsals consists of three very small pieces of calcified cartilage.
The tarsals are ankylosed respectively to the tibia and metatarsals as in other birds.
tarsal tar·sal (tär'səl)
Of, relating to, or situated near the tarsus of the foot.
Of or relating to the tarsus of the eyelid.