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pas·ser·ine

 (păs′ə-rīn′)
adj.
Of or relating to birds of the order Passeriformes, which have feet specialized for grasping branches and similar structures, with the first toe facing backward. The order includes the songbirds and certain other groups, such as the flycatchers of the Americas.
n.
A bird of the order Passeriformes. Also called perching bird.

[Latin passerīnus, of sparrows, from passer, sparrow.]

passerine

(ˈpæsəˌraɪn; -ˌriːn)
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Passeriformes, an order of birds characterized by the perching habit: includes the larks, finches, crows, thrushes, starlings, etc
n
(Animals) any bird belonging to the order Passeriformes
[C18: from Latin passer sparrow]

pas•ser•ine

(ˈpæs ər ɪn, -əˌraɪn, -əˌrin)

adj.
1. of, belonging, or pertaining to the order Passeriformes, comprising more than half of all birds and typically having the feet adapted for perching.
n.
2. any bird of the order Passeriformes.
[1770–80; < Latin passerīnus of a sparrow]

pas·ser·ine

(păs′ə-rīn′)
Belonging to the order of perching birds, including more than half of all living birds. Passerine birds are of small to medium size, have three toes pointing forward and one pointing back, and are often brightly colored. The songbirds are passerines.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.passerine - perching birds mostly small and living near the ground with feet having 4 toes arranged to allow for gripping the perchpasserine - 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
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
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
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
sparrow, true sparrow - any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects
lyrebird - Australian bird that resembles a pheasant; the courting male displays long tail feathers in a lyre shape
scrub bird, scrubbird, scrub-bird - small fast-running Australian bird resembling a wren and frequenting brush or scrub
broadbill - small birds of the Old World tropics having bright plumage and short wide bills
tyrannid - a passerine bird of the suborder Tyranni
jenny wren, wren - any of several small active brown birds of the northern hemisphere with short upright tails; they feed on insects
Adj.1.passerine - relating to or characteristic of the passeriform birds
nonpasserine - relating to or characteristic of birds that are not perching birds
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The 25 species of passerine birds reported in this study differ somewhat from the previously reported 24 species by Roberts (1992).
There were 15 species of passerine birds (Table 2) in 9 families, and initially 12 or 13 species were observed in treatments.
For an up-to-date definition of tanager, we turned to the online Unabridged Merriam-Webster which defines it thus: "any of numerous American passerine birds (family Thraupidae) having brightly colored males, being mainly unmusical, and chiefly inhabiting woodlands."
(2014) compiled survival rates during the first 20-21 d postfledging from 24 published studies of passerine birds, finding a range of 0.23 to 0.87 and a mean survival rate of 0.58.
Both the species of passerine birds and the angelfish, a flattened shark that can be seen in the Canary Islands, are included in the Spanish Catalog of Endangered Species.
Meanwhile, M genavense has been described as the primary cause of mycobacteriosis in, at minimum, psittacine and passerine birds, (5-10) Infections with this agent have also been described in a spheniscine bird.
Recently, passerine birds trapped in mist nets have also been reported as occasional prey for mantids (Copete 2006).
When comparing the molt duration of Blue-black Grassquit and Gray Seedeater with small Passerine birds reported by Ginn and Melville (1983), the time required in European species is 65 days (CI 95 % = 61-68 days), which is close to the lower limit found for both species in this study.
Influence of prescribed fire history on habitat and abundance of passerine birds in northern mixed-grass prairie.
Parasitic diseases are among the major health problems affecting passerine birds. Such diseases can cause subclinical alterations or even death of birds subjected to stress, recently introduced or kept in high-population density precincts.
(ed.), Demographical, physiological, genetical and behavioural aspects of population biology of passerine birds.--Springer, pp.
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