Hirundinidae


Hirundinidae

▪ bird family
      songbird family, order Passeriformes, consisting of swallows and martins, 74 species of small, streamlined birds, noted for their strong and nimble flight, found worldwide except in polar regions and certain islands.

      Members range in size from 11.5 to 23 cm (4.5 to 9 inches) long. They have complete bronchial rings, unique among songbirds; short, flat bills; small, weak feet; and long, pointed wings. These agile fliers dart about catching insects on the wing. Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) exhibit the typical forked “swallow-tail.” The purple martin (Progne subis) is the largest North American swallow.

      The Hirundinidae belongs to the songbird suborder Oscines (also called Passeres).

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  • Hirundinidae — n. A natural family of birds including the swallows and martins. Syn: family {Hirundinidae}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hirundinĭdae — (Tagschwalbenvögel), Unterfamilie aus der Familie der spaltschnäbeligen od. langhändigen Singvögel, ausgezeichnet durch weiten Rachen, kurzen, flachen, dreieckigen Schnabel ohne Schnurrbart an der Basis des Oberkiefers, langen, spitzigen Flügeln …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Hirundinidae —   [lateinisch], wissenschaftlicher Name der Schwalben …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Hirundinidae — Hirundinidae …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hirundinidae —   Hirundinidae Delichon urbica …   Wikipedia Español

  • Hirundinidae — Schwalben Sumpfschwalbe (Tachycineta bicolor) Systematik Reihe: Wirbeltiere (Vertebrata) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hirundinidae — kregždiniai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Hirundinidae angl. swallows and martins vok. Schwalben rus. ласточковые pranc. hirondelles; hirundinidés ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tikrieji giesmininkai siauresnis terminas – …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Hirundinidae — noun swallows and martins • Syn: ↑family Hirundinidae • Hypernyms: ↑bird family • Member Holonyms: ↑Oscines, ↑suborder Oscines, ↑Passeres, ↑suborder Passeres …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hirundinidae — …   Википедия

  • hirundinidae — hir·un·din·i·dae …   English syllables


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