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(Reguidit frae Passeriformes)

Temporal range: Eocene-Recent, 52.5–0 Ma
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)
Sang o a Purple-crouned Fairywren (Malurus coronatus)
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Aves
Clade: Neoaves
Clade: Terrestrornithes
(unranked): Dendrornithes
Clade: Australaves
Clade: Eufalconimorphae
Clade: Psittacopasserae
Order: Passeriformes
Linnaeus, 1758

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Roughly 100 faimilies, aroond 5,400 species

A passerine is a bird o the order Passeriformes, which includes mair nor hauf o aw bird species. A notable featur o passerines is the arrangement o thair taes (three pyntin forrit an ane back) which facilitates perchin. Sometimes kent as perchin birds or, less accurately, as sangbirds, the passerines form ane o the maist diverse terrestrial vertebrate orders, wi ower 5,000 identified species.[1] It haes roughly twice as mony species as the lairgest o the mammal orders, the Rodentia. It contains mair nor 110 faimilies, the seicont maist o ony order o vertebrates (efter the Perciformes).

The names "passerines" an "Passeriformes" are derived frae Passer domesticus, the scienteefic name o the eponymous species (the Hoose Sparrow) an ultimately frae the Laitin term passer for Passer sparrows an seemilar smaa birds.


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  1. Mayr, Ernst (1946). "The Number of Species of Birds" (PDF). The Auk. 63 (1): 67. doi:10.2307/4079907.