OscinesMembers of a sub-order of the order Passeriformes (passerine birds) containing the 'songbirds', also called the Passeres. All the passerines found in the British Isles belong to this sub-order, the other three sub-orders of the Passeriformes not being represented.
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From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
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