an animal with a tongue like that of man, as the parrot.
the killing of birds.
the raising or keeping of birds. —aviculturist, n.
Rare. the study of birds’ nests.
a structure for keeping doves or pigeons; a dovecote or pigeon loft. Also columbarium.
the practice of training and hunting with falcons or hawks.
the breeding place of a colony of herons.
the study of young birds.
the process or instinct of nest-building.
the study of birds’ nests. —nidologist, n.
a device for reproducing the outline of a bird’s egg.
the branch of ornithology that collects and studies birds’ eggs. —oologist, n. —oologic, oological, adj.
a device for measuring eggs.
observation of the development of an embryo inside an egg by means of an ooscope.
the branch of zoology that studies birds. —ornithologist, n. —ornithologie, ornithological, adj.
the observation of birds, especially in flight, for the purpose of divination.
an abnormal love of birds.
an abnormal fear of birds.
psittacosis, partieularly in birds other than those of the parrot family.
the anatomy of birds. —ornithotomist, n. —ornithotomical, adj.
Rare. the raising and training of pigeons.
domestic fowl, particularly those raised for food or laying eggs.
a disease of parrots and other birds communicable to human beings. —psittacotic, adj.
an abnormal fear of feathers.
the branch of ornithology that studies the areas upon which birds grow feathers. Also pterylography.
a breeding or nesting place of rooks or of any gregarious bird or animal.
the state of having all four toes fully webbed, as water birds. —totipalmate, adj.
a condition of some animals, and especially of some fowls, in which the female, when old, assumes some of the characteristics of the male of the species. —virilescent, adj.
flight, the act of flying, or the ability to fly.
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