Definition of "zygodactyl" [zyg•o•dac•tyl]

  • (adjective) Having two toes projecting forward and two projecting backward, as certain climbing birds.
  • (noun) A zygodactyl bird, such as a parrot.

Use "zygodactyl" in a sentence

  • "According to Britannica.com this arrangement is called zygodactyl and is typical of parrots, woodpeckers, cuckoos and a few other kinds."
  • "Wood peckers and other birds that climb tree trunks often have these zygodactyl toes."
  • "He suggested that it evolved semi-zygodactyl feet from an anisodactyl ancestral roller because its large size and specialisation for arboreal life required improved perching abilities."

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