Definitions of passerine
  1. adjective
    relating to or characteristic of the passeriform birds
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    relating to or characteristic of birds that are not perching birds
  2. noun
    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
    synonyms: passeriform bird
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    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
    Australian bird that resembles a pheasant; the courting male displays long tail feathers in a lyre shape
    scrub bird, scrub-bird, scrubbird
    small fast-running Australian bird resembling a wren and frequenting brush or scrub
    small birds of the Old World tropics having bright plumage and short wide bills
    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
    songbird, songster
    any bird having a musical call
    honey eater, honeysucker
    Australasian bird with tongue and bill adapted for extracting nectar
    small sparrow-like songbird of mountainous regions of Eurasia
    any of numerous predominantly Old World birds noted for their singing
    Old World bird having a very long tail that jerks up and down as it walks
    lark, pipit, titlark
    a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open country; has streaky brown plumage
    any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
    small bright-colored tropical American songbird with a curved bill for sucking nectar
    English sparrow, Passer domesticus, house sparrow
    small hardy brown-and-grey bird native to Europe
    Passer montanus, tree sparrow
    Eurasian sparrow smaller than the house sparrow
    weaver, weaver finch, weaverbird
    finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nests
    New World flycatcher, flycatcher, tyrant bird, tyrant flycatcher
    large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
    any of numerous small bright-colored birds of Central America and South America having short bills and elaborate courtship behavior
    small brownish South American birds that build oven-shaped clay nests
    ant bird, antbird
    any of various dull-colored South American birds that feeding on ants some following army ant swarms
    tree creeper, wood-creeper, woodcreeper, woodhewer
    any of numerous South American and Central American birds with a curved bill and stiffened tail feathers that climb and feed like woodpeckers
    any bird of the genus Pitta; brilliantly colored chiefly terrestrial birds with short wings and tail and stout bills
    Old World flycatcher, flycatcher, true flycatcher
    any of a large group of small songbirds that feed on insects taken on the wing
    songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
    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
    gregarious birds native to the Old World
    corvine bird
    birds of the crow family
    Australian magpie
    black-and-white oscine birds that resemble magpies
    Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren
    small wren of coniferous forests of northern hemisphere
    Troglodytes aedon, house wren
    common American wren that nests around houses
    marsh wren
    a wren of the genus Cistothorus that frequents marshes
    Salpinctes obsoletus, rock wren
    wren inhabiting badlands and mesa country of western United States and Mexico
    Carolina wren, Thryothorus ludovicianus
    large United States wren with a musical call
    cactus wren
    large harsh-voiced American wren of arid regions of the United States southwest and Mexico
    Mimus polyglotktos, mocker, mockingbird
    long-tailed grey-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birds
    Melanotis caerulescens, blue mockingbird
    mockingbird of Mexico
    Dumetella carolinensis, catbird, gray catbird, grey 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
    creeper, tree 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
    nutcracker, nuthatch
    any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects
    tit, titmouse
    small insectivorous birds
    bluebird, fairy bluebird
    fruit-eating mostly brilliant blue songbird of the East Indies
    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
    any of numerous New World woodland birds having brightly colored males
    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
    dipper, water ouzel
    small stocky diving bird without webbed feet; frequents fast-flowing streams and feeds along the bottom
    any of various small insectivorous American birds chiefly olive-grey in color
    brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
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    warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
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