noun. perching birds mostly small and living near the ground with feet having 4 toes arranged to allow for gripping the perch; most are songbirds; hatchlings are helpless.
- true sparrow
- jenny wren
- oscine bird
- order Passeriformes
- scrub bird
- passeriform bird
- passerinus (Latin)
Example sentences of the word passerine
1. Noun, singular or mass
If a hand-feeding method is used, kitten kibble and other formulas that have high bio-available protein are viable alternative to the passerine puree used for hatchlings.
Cotingas are a very large family of passerine bird species, which are found in the jungle forests of tropical South America and Central America.