Definition of suboscine in English:

suboscine

Syllabification: sub·os·cine
Pronunciation: /səbˈäsin, -īn
 
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Ornithology

adjective

  • Relating to passerine birds of a division that includes those other than songbirds, found chiefly in America. Compare with oscine.
    • Suborder Deutero-Oscines, order Passeriformes
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    • All tyrant flycatchers in the genus Empidonax, called empids out of either affection or frustration, are suboscine songbirds with olive upperparts, pale throats and bellies, and whitish wing-bars and eye-rings.
    • Although the same codon deletion is found in representatives of at least two other avian orders, it is not present in lineages representing a diverse group of suboscine and oscine passerines.
    • We tested whether a suboscine bird, the alder flycatcher, was able to discriminate between songs of neighbors and strangers despite limited individual variation in song.

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  • A bird of the suboscine division.
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    • Despite the predominance of suboscines in the Neotropics, our knowledge of bird song and its functions is biased heavily toward studies of oscines.
    • Chesser examined the molecular systematics of the New World suboscines and included three antpitta genera (Grallaricula, Myrmothera, and Grallaria) and one antthrush in the study.
    • All of these suboscines - both Old World and New - thus have geographical distributions that point back to Gondwana, and their beginnings there make even more sense once their close relatives, the songbirds, are taken into account.

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