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I don't get the meaning of feet up in the following sentence

Why was it that birds should sing and bring joy to whole family, only to end as a heap of feathers feet up, on the bottom of cage?

It would be helpful if you can explain the structure of the sentence Thanks in advance

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    This is the typical posture, feet up, of a dead bird. Commented May 30, 2017 at 14:45

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"to end as a heap of feathers feet up, on the bottom of cage" - basically means to end up being dead. feet up means upside-down.

This discussion Why do animals turn upside-down when they die? may help you:

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  • That thing was i was about to ask thanks alot . Interesting and creepy at the same time
    – user51561
    Commented May 30, 2017 at 15:05

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