Definition of psittacine in English:



  • 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.’


  • A bird of the parrot family.

    • ‘He's very loving, but also possessive, and like all psittacines, he has a wicked bite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Possibly the most visually striking of all of the South American psittacines, the hawk-headed parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus, is becoming more common in aviculture.’


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