Beautiful birds are all these, and there are others just as beautiful in other passerine families, but alas!
Perhaps it may be best to clear off the few passerine species first.
The decidedly aquatic habits of these birds form a curious exception to the rest of the passerine order.
On Karindingen Island this was the only passerine bird seen.
It has a long, narrow, pinkish beak, quite unlike the broad triangle that does duty for a mouth in passerine birds.
The famous black drongo or king-crow (Dicrurus ater) is the type of this well-marked family of passerine birds.
There are several instances recorded of passerine birds alighting upon and rising again from the water.
passerine birds typically sing at a high rate throughout courtship and nestbuilding, but at a markedly lower rate thereafter.
It is significant that among the passerine birds there are but three families that are peculiar.
Baya, the weaver-bird (Plocĕus philippīnus), an interesting East Indian passerine bird, somewhat like the bullfinch.
1776, from Latin passerinus "of a sparrow," from passer "sparrow," possibly of imitative origin. The noun is 1842, from the adjective.
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.