Xatu are green condor-like Pokémon with long, red-and-black tipped white wings that cover most of the Pokémon's front. Underneath its wings are designs that resemble red-colored eyes. Along with its main green coloration, Xatu's designs have accentuations of black, yellow, and red. Notably, its head resembles much of its pre-evolution's round body, with the exception of a longer, slightly hooked beak and dual, longer feather crests. Xatu's feet have only two toes, one in front and one in back. Xatu's design is similar to a totem pole or a kachina doll.
Xatu tend to stand still all day. Many theories have been thought up to explain this behavior. One such theory explains that it keeps seeing visions of the past and future, and that it doesn't move due to fears of these future visions coming true. Although unable to communicate telepathically one might understand its thoughts by looking at its wings.