anthropoglotan animal with a tongue like that of man, as the parrot.avicidethe killing of birds.aviculturethe raising or keeping of birds. —aviculturist, n.caliologyRare. the study of birds’ nests.columbarya structure for keeping doves or pigeons; a dovecote or pigeon loft. Also columbarium.falconrythe practice of training and hunting with falcons or hawks.heronrythe breeding place of a colony of herons.neossologythe study of young birds.nidificationthe process or instinct of nest-building.nidologythe study of birds’ nests. —nidologist, n.oographa device for reproducing the outline of a bird’s egg.oologythe branch of ornithology that collects and studies birds’ eggs. —oologist, n. —oologic, oological, adj.oometera device for measuring eggs.ooscopyobservation of the development of an embryo inside an egg by means of an ooscope.ornithologythe branch of zoology that studies birds. —ornithologist, n. —ornithologie, ornithological, adj.ornithomancy, ornithoscopythe observation of birds, especially in flight, for the purpose of divination.ornithomaniaan abnormal love of birds.ornithophobiaan abnormal fear of birds.ornithosispsittacosis, partieularly in birds other than those of the parrot family.ornithotomythe anatomy of birds. —ornithotomist, n. —ornithotomical, adj.penisterophilyRare. the raising and training of pigeons.poultrydomestic fowl, particularly those raised for food or laying eggs.psittacosisa disease of parrots and other birds communicable to human beings. —psittacotic, adj.pteronophobiaan abnormal fear of feathers.pterylologythe branch of ornithology that studies the areas upon which birds grow feathers. Also pterylography.rookerya breeding or nesting place of rooks or of any gregarious bird or animal.totipalmationthe state of having all four toes fully webbed, as water birds. —totipalmate, adj.virilescencea 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.volitationflight, the act of flying, or the ability to fly.
- plural form of bird