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).

Temporal range: Eocene-Recent, 52.5–0 Ma
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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

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.


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