Oscines


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Oscines

[′äs·ə‚nēz]
(vertebrate zoology)
The songbirds, a suborder of the order Passeriformes.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.
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).
A total of 71 Passerine bird species from 11 families were sampled, and 30 had at least 10 captures, from which twenty (66.7%) were Suboscine, and 10 (33.4%) Oscine Passerines.
However hybridization is relatively frequent among passerines, specifically the oscines, where song differences between species are ubiquitous and song is learned (Marler and Peters 1977; Marler 1987; Searcy et al.