noun, plural aus·pi·ces [aw-spuh-seez] /ˈɔ spəˌsiz/.
Origin of auspex
noun plural auspices (ˈɔːspɪˌsiːz)
Word Origin for auspex
1590s, "one who observes flights of birds for the purpose of taking omens," from Latin auspex "interpreter of omens given by birds," from PIE *awi-spek- "observer of birds," from *awi- "bird" (see aviary) + *spek- "to see" (see scope (n.1)). Connection between birds and omens also is in Greek oionos "bird of prey, bird of omen, omen," and ornis "bird," which also could mean "omen."