A Question about the Evolution of a Strange Bird

Hi I want to tell to you that in our village we have discovered some barbet bird have lizard like tail and have five toes. Its really amazing Can you plz explain why this happened?

I’m unaware of barbet bird with five feet, but there is a lot of diversity to avian feet: http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/275/Publications/PDF_Archive/Africa_Birdlife/Author_Index/AB04(6)34-38.pdf

As for a lizard like tail? It seems like some barbet’s have tails that might look like lizard tails from a distance, even though they are made of feathers still.


The zygodactyl feet (two toes forward, two backward) are adapted for clinging to trees, like woodpeckers, but unlike them the tail feathers are not stiffened.

It’s hard for me to believe in a five-toed barbet. It’s been at least 200 million years since there has been a 5-toed theropod. Extraordinary claim needs extraordinary evidence. The lizard tail too, though that’s only 100 million years or so.

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