45. Birds


See also 16. ANIMALS ; 88. COCKS

anthropoglot
an animal with a tongue like that of man, as the parrot.
avicide
the killing of birds.
aviculture
the raising or keeping of birds. — aviculturist , n.
caliology
Rare. the study of birds’ nests.
columbary
a structure for keeping doves or pigeons; a dovecote or pigeon loft. Also columbarium.
falconry
the practice of training and hunting with falcons or hawks.
heronry
the breeding place of a colony of herons.
neossology
the study of young birds.
nidification
the process or instinct of nest-building.
nidology
the study of birds’ nests. — nidologist , n.
oograph
a device for reproducing the outline of a bird’s egg.
oology
the branch of ornithology that collects and studies birds’ eggs. — oologist , n. — oologic, oological, adj.
oometer
a device for measuring eggs.
ooscopy
observation of the development of an embryo inside an egg by means of an ooscope.
ornithology
the branch of zoology that studies birds. — ornithologist , n. ornithologie, ornithological, adj.
ornithomancy, ornithoscopy
the observation of birds, especially in flight, for the purpose of divination.
ornithomania
an abnormal love of birds.
ornithophobia
an abnormal fear of birds.
ornithosis
psittacosis, partieularly in birds other than those of the parrot family.
ornithotomy
the anatomy of birds. — ornithotomist , n. ornithotomical , adj.
penisterophily
Rare. the raising and training of pigeons.
poultry
domestic fowl, particularly those raised for food or laying eggs.
psittacosis
a disease of parrots and other birds communicable to human beings. — psittacotic , adj.
pteronophobia
an abnormal fear of feathers.
pterylology
the branch of ornithology that studies the areas upon which birds grow feathers. Also pterylography .
rookery
a breeding or nesting place of rooks or of any gregarious bird or animal.
totipalmation
the state of having all four toes fully webbed, as water birds. — totipalmate , adj.
virilescence
a condition of some animals, and especially of some fowls, in which the female, when old, assumes some of the characteristics of the male of the species. — virilescent , adj.
volitation
flight, the act of flying, or the ability to fly.

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