Definition of suboscine in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌbˈɒsʌɪn/
Pronunciation: /sʌbˈɒsɪn/


Relating to or denoting passerine birds of a division that includes those other than songbirds, found chiefly in America. Compare with oscine.
  • Suborder Deutero-Oscines, order Passeriformes.
Example sentences
  • 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.


A bird of the suboscine division.
Example sentences
  • 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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