Vascular endothelial growth factor D (VEGF-D) is a member of the VEGF/PDGF superfamily that has been implicated in angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis. We have isolated a chick cDNA that shows homology with VEGF-D (also known as FIGF, c-fos-induced growth factor) of other species. Here, we describe the expression pattern of cVegf-D in chick embryos. In the limb buds, cVegf-D shows a dynamic expression pattern that is restricted to the mesenchyme of the posterior region. cVegf-D expression is also detected in the ectoderm and mesenchyme of the head region, somites, notochord and pharyngeal arches. We also report on the capability of Sonic hedgehog and retinoic acid to regulate cVegf-D expression.