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psittacine Line breaks: psit¦ta|cine
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪtəkʌɪn/

Definition of psittacine in English:


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.


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A bird of the parrot family: psittacines such as budgerigars and sulphur-crested cockatoos
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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.


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

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