the branch of zoology that deals with birds.
- or·ni·tho·log·i·cal [awr-nuh-thuh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌɔr nə θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, or·ni·tho·log·ic, adjective
- or·ni·tho·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
- or·ni·thol·o·gist, noun
- un·or·ni·tho·log·i·cal, adjective
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How to use ornithology in a sentence
They decided to examine bird sightings from across the United States and Canada that volunteers had recorded in eBird, an online database run by the Cornell Lab of ornithology.
If these colors in females were driven by mate choice, then this is “the exact opposite of what you would expect,” says Falk, who did the work while at the Cornell Lab of ornithology and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa.Female hummingbirds may sport flashy feathers to avoid being harassed | Carolyn Wilke | August 26, 2021 | Science News
Novice birders contributed to a new record for spotting bird species on Global Big Day, an annual bird-watching event run by the eBird program at the Cornell Lab of ornithology.New data show that birding mania isn’t just a lockdown fad | Lila MacLellan | June 25, 2021 | Quartz
I took ornithology in college, did my master’s on birds, and I never got that information.Inside the Movement to Abolish Colonialist Bird Names | Nathalie Alonso | February 12, 2021 | Outside Online
A team at the Cornell Lab of ornithology created the platform in 2002, and it became widely used by birders within a few years.
We were enthusiasts in our love for ornithology; we found new inspiration in the democracy of our common interests.In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers
If we could not make occasional swans of our geese in this life, we should be very ill off in matters of ornithology.Tony Butler | Charles James Lever
ornithology was especially interesting, combining as it did observation of birds in their natural haunts and conditions.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army | Charles Alexander Gordon
For more than forty years he studied the ornithology of his district without exhausting the subject.A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
His leisure was devoted to scientific study, especially the ornithology, ichthyology, and anthropology of the West Indies.
British Dictionary definitions for ornithology
the study of birds, including their physiology, classification, ecology, and behaviour
- ornithological (ˌɔːnɪθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
- ornithologically, adverb
- ornithologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for ornithology
The scientific study of birds.
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