Posted by Probe on May 06, 2007
I found the discussion on the subject in the archives and believe of being able to offer an explanation (although not precisely matching the wording).
Watching how the pigeons walk one would notice that they unlike other common birds stepping ahead put each foot on one line which is the bird's forward "course" (that is, just ahead its beak). I believe this is because they have relatively short legs which do not allow them to make long steps. As a result their bodies make very specific movements (looking from behind).
I have a relative question. In Russian this walking manner is called something like "in-toed" and has a reference to a bear-like walking manner. Is there an idiomatic English expression describing bear-like walking manner and, if positive, how does it relate to "pigeon toed"?