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Parsons nose

Posted by Bob on May 02, 2003

In Reply to: Parsons nose posted by Shae on May 01, 2003

: : Can anyone tell me about the term parsons nose? Someone told me it means the butt of a chicken?

: : Thanks,

: : Dan

: 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.