Definition of psittacine in English:

psittacine

adjective

Ornithology
  • Relating to or denoting birds of the parrot family:

    ‘psittacine beak and feather disease’
    • ‘Among psittacine species, the Lilac-crowned Parrot had one of the lowest rates of overall nest success.’
    • ‘Psittacine beak and feather disease is a highly contagious and debilitating viral disease that affects wild and captive populations of psittacine birds.’

noun

Ornithology
  • A bird of the parrot family:

    ‘psittacines such as budgerigars and sulphur-crested cockatoos’
    • ‘Possibly the most visually striking of all of the South American psittacines, the hawk-headed parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus, is becoming more common in aviculture.’
    • ‘The lovely Yellow-Billed Amazon is the best-known of the Jamaican psittacines.’
    • ‘Green-rumped Parrotlets are small psittacines that inhabit forest edge, savanna, and pastures in northeastern South America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's very loving, but also possessive, and like all psittacines, he has a wicked bite.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin psittacinus of a parrot, from psittacus, from Greek psittakos parrot.

Pronunciation:

psittacine

/ˈsɪtəkʌɪn/