Pidgeotto is a raptor-like avian Pokémon. It is covered with brown feathers, and has a cream-colored face and underside. It has a crest of pinkish-red feathers on its head and black, angular markings behind its eyes. The plumage of its tail has alternating red and yellow feathers with ragged tips. Its beak and legs are pink, and it has powerful, sharp talons that it uses to grasp prey.
Pidgeotto is a powerful flier capable of carrying prey several miles to its nest. It has amazing vision, which helps it locate preferred prey Pokémon such as Exeggcute and Magikarp. Pidgeotto claims a sprawling territory of more than 60 miles, which it defends fiercely. Its nest is usually in the center of its territory and it circles its territory throughout the day, looking out for food and intruders. It is most often found in forests.
Pidgeotto may be a combination of the corruptions of pigeon and diciotto, which is Italian for 18, the level Pidgey evolves into Pidgeotto. Its name may also refer to Otto Lilienthal, a pioneer of unpowered heavier-than-air flight.