Passerine Anatomy: Ten Key Facts

Perching birds or songbirds belong to order Passeriformes, which makes up the largest taxonomic group of birds. Passeriforms make up nearly 60% of all birds with over 5,000 species belonging to this group. If you are comfortable with psittacine anatomy and physiology, then you are well on your way to understanding passerines. LafeberVet has listed ten interesting, clinically significant facts about passerine anatomy and physiology . . .


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Pollock C. Passerine anatomy: Ten key facts. July 15, 2012. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/passerine-anatomy-ten-key-facts/