zygodactyl


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zy·go·dac·tyl

 (zī′gə-dăk′tĭl, zĭg′ə-)
adj. also zy·go·dac·ty·lous (-tə-ləs)
Having two toes projecting forward and two projecting backward, as certain climbing birds.
n.
A zygodactyl bird, such as a parrot.

zy′go·dac′ty·ly (-tə-lē) n.

zygodactyl

(ˌzaɪɡəʊˈdæktɪl; ˌzɪɡə-)
adj
(Zoology) (of the feet of certain birds) having the first and fourth toes directed backwards and the second and third forwards
n
(Zoology) a zygodactyl bird. Compare heterodactyl
ˌzygoˈdactylism n

zy•go•dac•tyl

(ˌzaɪ gəˈdæk tɪl, ˌzɪg ə-)

adj.
1. (of a bird) having the toes of the foot arranged in pairs, with two toes pointed forward and two turned rearward, as woodpeckers.
2. of or pertaining to a zygodactyl bird.
n.
3. a zygodactyl bird.
[1825–35]
zy`go•dac′tyl•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.zygodactyl - (of bird feet) having the first and fourth toes directed backward the second and third forwardzygodactyl - (of bird feet) having the first and fourth toes directed backward the second and third forward
heterodactyl - (of bird feet) having the first and second toes directed backward the third and fourth forward
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(1) Cuckoos are altricial, and nestling and fledgling cuckoos are identified based on their zygodactyl feet.
They're also "zygodactyl," meaning two of their toes face forward and the other two face backward.
With needle-sharp hooked talons, and zygodactyl feet (two toes face forward and two toes face backward), they extract their prey from the water.