from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An order of birds, formerly established to include the perching birds, but now generally regarded as an artificial group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology: The perchers; in Vigors's system of classification, adopted by Swainson and many others, an extensive order of birds, of arboreal habits, having the feet fitted for perching, with 3 toes in front and 1 behind, and not raptorial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bird with feet adapted for perching (as on tree branches); this order is now generally abandoned by taxonomists


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