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Relating to or denoting birds of the parrot family.‘psittacine beak and feather disease’
- ‘Psittacine beak and feather disease is a highly contagious and debilitating viral disease that affects wild and captive populations of psittacine birds.’
- ‘Among psittacine species, the Lilac-crowned Parrot had one of the lowest rates of overall nest success.’
A bird of the parrot family.‘psittacines such as budgerigars and sulphur-crested cockatoos’
- ‘He's very loving, but also possessive, and like all psittacines, he has a wicked bite.’
- ‘It is no surprise that the Moluccan cockatoo suffers a deeper degree of imprinted behavior than other species of psittacines that are regularly hand-reared as intended pet birds.’
- ‘Possibly the most visually striking of all of the South American psittacines, the hawk-headed parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus, is becoming more common in aviculture.’
- ‘Green-rumped Parrotlets are small psittacines that inhabit forest edge, savanna, and pastures in northeastern South America.’
- ‘The lovely Yellow-Billed Amazon is the best-known of the Jamaican psittacines.’
Late 19th century: from Latin psittacinus ‘of a parrot’, from psittacus, from Greek psittakos ‘parrot’.
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