Aves


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Aves

(ˈeɪviːz)
pl n
(Zoology) the class of vertebrates comprising the birds. See bird1
[pl of Latin avis bird]
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Noun1.Aves - (ornithology) the class of birdsAves - (ornithology) the class of birds  
Craniata, subphylum Craniata, subphylum Vertebrata, Vertebrata - fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds; mammals
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
genus Protoavis - extinct primitive birds of the Triassic period; 70 million years before archaeopteryx
Archaeornithes, subclass Archaeornithes - primitive reptile-like fossil birds of the Jurassic or early Cretaceous
Ratitae, superorder Ratitae - used in former classifications to include all ratite bird orders
order Struthioniformes, Struthioniformes - a ratite bird order: ostriches and related extinct birds; known from the Pleistocene onward
Casuariiformes, order Casuariiformes - a ratite bird order: cassowaries and emus
Apterygiformes, order Apterygiformes - a ratite bird order: flightless ground birds having vestigial wings and long bills and small eyes: kiwis
order Rheiformes, Rheiformes - a ratite bird order: birds intermediate in characteristics between ostriches and emus: recent and extinct rheas
Aepyorniformes, order Aepyorniformes - huge extinct flightless birds: elephant birds
Dinornithiformes, order Dinornithiformes - a ratite bird order: recently extinct flightless birds of New Zealand
Insessores, order Insessores, perching bird, percher - a bird with feet adapted for perching (as on tree branches); this order is now generally abandoned by taxonomists
order Passeriformes, Passeriformes - largest order of birds comprising about half the known species; rooks; finches; sparrows; tits; warblers; robins; wrens; swallows; etc.; the four suborders are Eurylaimi and Tyranni and Menurae and Oscines or Passeres
order Raptores, Raptores - term used in former classifications; erroneously grouped together birds of the orders Falconiformes and Strigiformes
Falconiformes, order Falconiformes - chiefly diurnal carnivorous birds having hooked beaks and long talons with opposable hind toe: falcons; hawks; eagles; ospreys; caracaras; vultures
young bird - a bird that is still young
Galliformes, order Galliformes - pheasants; turkeys; grouse; partridges; quails; chickens; brush turkeys; curassows; hoatzins
Columbiformes, order Columbiformes - sand grouse; pigeons; doves; extinct dodos and solitaires
order Psittaciformes, Psittaciformes - an order of birds including parrots and amazons and cockatoos and lorikeets and lories and macaws and parakeets
Cuculiformes, order Cuculiformes - cuckoos; touracos; etc.
Coraciiformes, order Coraciiformes - rollers; kingfishers; hornbills; hoopoes; motmots; bee eaters; todies
order Picariae, Picariae - term used in some classifications as nearly equivalent to the order Coraciiformes
Apodiformes, order Apodiformes - swifts; hummingbirds
Caprimulgiformes, order Caprimulgiformes - goatsuckers; frogmouths; oilbirds
order Piciformes, Piciformes - woodpeckers; jacamars; puffbirds; barbets; honey guides; toucans
Anseriformes, order Anseriformes - ducks; geese; swans; screamers
Ciconiiformes, order Ciconiiformes - order of chiefly tropical marsh-dwelling fish-eating wading birds with long legs and bills and (except for flamingos) unwebbed feet: herons; storks; spoonbills; flamingos; ibises
Gruiformes, order Gruiformes - inland marsh-dwelling birds with long legs and necks and bills that wade in water in search of food: cranes; rails; bustards
Charadriiformes, order Charadriiformes - large diverse order of aquatic birds found along seacoasts and inland waters: shorebirds and coastal diving birds; most feed on anima life
Gaviiformes, order Gaviiformes - large aquatic birds: loons and some extinct forms
order Pelecaniformes, Pelecaniformes - pelicans; frigate birds; gannets; cormorants
order Procellariiformes, Procellariiformes - petrels; albatrosses; shearwaters; diving petrels
References in classic literature ?
You have already interrupted one pater, two aves, and a credo, which I, miserable sinner that I am, should, according to my vow, have said before moonrise.
Yes, the ground is all sown," said the Jesuit, "and we have not to fear that one portion of the seed may have fallen upon stone, another upon the highway, or that the birds of heaven have eaten the rest, AVES COELI COMEDERUNT ILLAM.
cried D'Artagnan to the coachman; then turning to Mazarin he said, "Now, my lord, you can say five paters and five aves, in thanks to Heaven for your deliverance.
One thousand Aves and as many Credos, said standing with arms outstretched before the shrine of the Virgin, may help thee to remember that the Creator hath given us two ears and but one mouth, as a token that there is twice the work for the one as for the other.
Item, that upon brother Ambrose reproving him for this blasphemous wish, he did hold the said brother face downwards over the piscatorium or fish-pond for a space during which the said brother was able to repeat a pater and four aves for the better fortifying of his soul against impending death.
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