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Any of various passerine birds of the suborder Passeri (formerly Oscines); a songbird.

[From New Latin Oscinēs, former suborder name, from Latin oscinēs, pl. of oscen, bird used in augury; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

os·cine adj.


(ˈɒsaɪn; ˈɒsɪn) or


(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a suborder of passerine birds that includes most of the songbirds
[C17: via New Latin from Latin oscen singing bird]


(ˈɒs ɪn, -aɪn)

1. of or pertaining to birds of the suborder Oscines, of the order Passeriformes, comprising members of the order that have highly developed vocal organs.
2. an oscine bird; songbird.
[1880–85; < New Latin Oscines < Latin oscen songbird]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oscine - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
passeriform bird, passerine - perching birds mostly small and living near the ground with feet having 4 toes arranged to allow for gripping the perch; most are songbirds; hatchlings are helpless
Oscines, Passeres, suborder Oscines, suborder Passeres - two names for the suborder of typical songbirds
songbird, songster - any bird having a musical call
honey eater, honeysucker - Australasian bird with tongue and bill adapted for extracting nectar
accentor - small sparrow-like songbird of mountainous regions of Eurasia
lark - any of numerous predominantly Old World birds noted for their singing
wagtail - Old World bird having a very long tail that jerks up and down as it walks
pipit, titlark, lark - a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open country; has streaky brown plumage
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
honeycreeper - small bright-colored tropical American songbird with a curved bill for sucking nectar
weaver finch, weaverbird, weaver - finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nests
flycatcher, Old World flycatcher, true flycatcher - any of a large group of small songbirds that feed on insects taken on the wing
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
warbler - a small active songbird
babbler, cackler - any of various insectivorous Old World birds with a loud incessant song; in some classifications considered members of the family Muscicapidae
bird of paradise - any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area
American oriole, New World oriole, oriole - American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
Old World oriole, oriole - mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
starling - gregarious birds native to the Old World
corvine bird - birds of the crow family
Australian magpie - black-and-white oscine birds that resemble magpies
Mimus polyglotktos, mockingbird, mocker - long-tailed grey-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birds
blue mockingbird, Melanotis caerulescens - mockingbird of Mexico
Dumetella carolinensis, gray catbird, grey catbird, catbird - North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing
mocking thrush, thrasher - thrush-like American songbird able to mimic other birdsongs
New Zealand wren - birds of New Zealand that resemble wrens
tree creeper, creeper - any of various small insectivorous birds of the northern hemisphere that climb up a tree trunk supporting themselves on stiff tail feathers and their feet
nuthatch, nutcracker - any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects
titmouse, tit - small insectivorous birds
bluebird, fairy bluebird - fruit-eating mostly brilliant blue songbird of the East Indies
swallow - small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations
swallow shrike, wood swallow - Australasian and Asiatic bird related to the shrikes and resembling a swallow
tanager - any of numerous New World woodland birds having brightly colored males
shrike - any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals
bowerbird, catbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females
water ouzel, dipper - small stocky diving bird without webbed feet; frequents fast-flowing streams and feeds along the bottom
vireo - any of various small insectivorous American birds chiefly olive-grey in color
waxwing - brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
Adj.1.oscine - of or relating to the songbirds
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Determining biogeographical patterns of dispersal and diversification in oscine passerine birds in Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Plenty of parrots and hummingbirds do, and likewise many of what are called oscine songbirds, including the warblers, sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes and so on.
Reafferent thalamo-"cortical" loops in the song system of oscine songbirds.
NIMH is likely to continue along its present oscine course, as it has for the past four decades.