Oscines


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Oscines

[′äs·ə‚nēz]
(vertebrate zoology)
The songbirds, a suborder of the order Passeriformes.

Oscines

 

a suborder of birds of the order Passeriformes. The suborder includes more than 40 families. The birds have a specialized larynx, which makes possible their beautiful songs. The suborder contains such singing birds as thrushes, nightingales, and mockingbirds.

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Instead Kroodsma has provided a meticulous compendium of what is now knowable through the prism of individual experience about the singing of oscines and suboscines in the context of their life cycles and environments.
Nuclear DNA evolution and phylogeny of the New World nine-primaried oscines.
In general, Suboscines Passerine birds are more closely-related to forested landscapes, and Oscines usually are more linked to open areas (Willis, 1979; Sick, 1997).