|passerine (ˈpæsəˌraɪn, -ˌriːn)|
|1.||of, relating to, or belonging to the Passeriformes, an order of birds characterized by the perching habit: includes the larks, finches, crows, thrushes, starlings, etc|
|2.||any bird belonging to the order Passeriformes|
|[C18: from Latin passer sparrow]|
|passerine (pās'ə-rīn') Pronunciation Key
Belonging to the avian order Passeriformes, which includes the perching birds. Passerine birds make up more than half of all living birds. They are of small to medium size, have three toes pointing forward and one pointing back, and are often brightly colored. Larks, swallows, jays, crows, wrens, thrushes, cardinals, finches, sparrows, and blackbirds are all passerine birds.