Definition of Passeres

1. Noun. Two names for the suborder of typical songbirds.


Definition of Passeres

1. n. pl. An order, or suborder, of birds, including more that half of all the known species. It embraces all singing birds (Oscines), together with many other small perching birds.

Medical Definition of Passeres

1. An order, or suborder, of birds, including more that half of all the known species. It embraces all singing birds (Oscines), together with many other small perching birds. Origin: NL, fr. L. Passer a sparrow. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Passeres

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1. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1889)
"... the Order passeres was made to contain four hundred and thirty-two (432) species and sub-species,1 which formidable array is therein duly divided and ..."

2. The Geographical Distribution of Animals: With a Study of the Relations of by Alfred Russel Wallace (1876)
"General remarks on the distribution of the passeres. The order passeres, is the most extensive among birds, comprehending about 5700 species grouped in 870 ..."

3. Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America: With Introductory Chapters on by Frank Michler Chapman (1912)
"... carry the feet extended backward in flight, while all the passeres, or Perching Birds, carry them drawn up forward. In the intermediate groups (Cuckoos, ..."

4. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"... passeres.1 — In a paper of ten pages Mr. Ridgway reviews the taxonomic history of these groups, and gives a ' Provisional Key to the Families of ..."

5. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"As the passeres are so very numerous, and are divided into five families, or principal sections, differing materially in some respects from each other, ..."

6. Elements of Zoölogy: A Textbook by Sanborn Tenney (1875)
"The passeres, by the nature of their feet, are perfectly adapted for perching, the four toes being always present, FIG. 168. ..."

7. The Minstrelsy of the Woods; Or, Sketches and Songs Connected with the by S. Waring (1832)
"passeres. The order passeres is the most numerous of the entire class. ... The passeres have neither the violent character of the birds of prey, ..."

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