passerine definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or relating to birds of the order Passeriformes, which includes perching wild birds and songbirds such as the jays, blackbirds, finches, warblers, and sparrows.
    • Of, or concerning a passerine or perching bird.
    • Of or with respect to the Passeres.
    • concerning or feature of passeriform birds
  • noun:
    • A bird associated with order Passeriformes.
    • Any bird associated with the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all of the bird species.
    • One of the Passeres.
    • A member for the Passerinæ, Passeres, or Passeriformes.
    • perching birds mainly small and living near the surface with feet having 4 feet arranged to accommodate grasping the perch; nearly all are songbirds; hatchlings tend to be helpless
  • others:
    • Resembling or regarding a sparrow; of or pertaining to the Passerinæ, in almost any sense, or perhaps the Passeres; passeriform.
    • About because large as a sparrow: as, the passerine parrot, Psittacula passerina; the passerine ground-dove, Chamæpelia passerina; the passerine owl, Glaucidium passerinum. In addition passeroid.

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