Meaning of zygodactyl in English:


Pronunciation /ˌzʌɪɡə(ʊ)ˈdaktɪl/ /zɪɡə(ʊ)ˈdaktɪl/


  • (of a bird's feet) having two toes pointing forward and two backward.

    ‘the cuckoo's zygodactyl toes’
    • ‘Their legs are strong, and feathered in many species; they have zygodactyl raptorial feet.’
    • ‘Paleogene fossils also document diverse extinct branches of the neornithine tree, ranging from large pseudotoothed seabirds to giant flightless land birds to small zygodactyl perching birds.’
    • ‘All the small zygodactyl or semizygodactyl forms, generally from Eocene deposits, are jumbled together in the family Zygodactylidae.’
    • ‘Their talons are sharp and hooked and their feet are zygodactyl with a reversible fourth toe.’


  • A bird with zygodactyl feet.