Posted by Shae on May 01, 2003
In Reply to: Parsons nose posted by dan on May 01, 2003
: Can anyone tell me about the term parsons nose? Someone told me it means the butt of a chicken?
Also called the Pope's nose, its anatomical name is the pygostyle. It contains the fused caudal vertebrae and is the part of a bird to which the tail feathers are attached. Its swollen appearence is because it contains the oil glands that birds use when preening.