Definition of psittacine in English:

psittacine

Syllabification: psit·ta·cine
Pronunciation: /ˈsitəˌsīn
 
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adjective

Ornithology
  • Of, relating to, or denoting birds of the parrot family: psittacine beak and feather disease
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    • Psittacine beak and feather disease is a highly contagious and debilitating viral disease that affects wild and captive populations of psittacine birds.
    • Among psittacine species, the Lilac-crowned Parrot had one of the lowest rates of overall nest success.

noun

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  • A bird of the parrot family.
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    • Possibly the most visually striking of all of the South American psittacines, the hawk-headed parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus, is becoming more common in aviculture.
    • It is no surprise that the Moluccan cockatoo suffers a deeper degree of imprinted behavior than other species of psittacines that are regularly hand-reared as intended pet birds.
    • Green-rumped Parrotlets are small psittacines that inhabit forest edge, savanna, and pastures in northeastern South America.

Origin

late 19th century: from Latin psittacinus 'of a parrot', from psittacus, from Greek psittakos 'parrot'.

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