anthropoglot an animal with a tongue like that of man, as the parrot. avicide the killing of birds. aviculture the raising or keeping of birds. —aviculturist, n. caliology Rare. the study of birds’ nests. columbary a structure for keeping doves or pigeons; a dovecote or pigeon loft. Also columbarium. falconry the practice of training and hunting with falcons or hawks. heronry the breeding place of a colony of herons. neossology the study of young birds. nidification the process or instinct of nest-building. nidology the study of birds’ nests. —nidologist, n. oograph a device for reproducing the outline of a bird’s egg. oology the branch of ornithology that collects and studies birds’ eggs. —oologist, n. —oologic, oological, adj. oometer a device for measuring eggs. ooscopy observation of the development of an embryo inside an egg by means of an ooscope. ornithology the branch of zoology that studies birds. —ornithologist, n. —ornithologie, ornithological, adj. ornithomancy, ornithoscopy the observation of birds, especially in flight, for the purpose of divination. ornithomania an abnormal love of birds. ornithophobia an abnormal fear of birds. ornithosis psittacosis, partieularly in birds other than those of the parrot family. ornithotomy the anatomy of birds. —ornithotomist, n. —ornithotomical, adj. penisterophily Rare. the raising and training of pigeons. poultry domestic fowl, particularly those raised for food or laying eggs. psittacosis a disease of parrots and other birds communicable to human beings. —psittacotic, adj. pteronophobia an abnormal fear of feathers. pterylology the branch of ornithology that studies the areas upon which birds grow feathers. Also pterylography. rookery a breeding or nesting place of rooks or of any gregarious bird or animal. totipalmation the state of having all four toes fully webbed, as water birds. —totipalmate, adj. virilescence 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. volitation flight, the act of flying, or the ability to fly.
- plural form of bird