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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I've got my ornithology, my Lost City trips - places where no white man's been.
▪ It was around this time that I first discovered the darker side of ornithology - the effect of man on the environment.
▪ They're just the people to spot the finer points of ornithology, are they?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ornithology \Or`ni*thol"o*gy\, n. [Ornitho- + -logy: cf. F. ornithologie.]

  1. That branch of zo["o]logy which treats of the natural history of birds and their classification.

  2. A treatise or book on this science.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, from Modern Latin ornithologia (1590s); see ornitho- + -logy.


n. The branch of zoology that deals with the scientific study of birds.


n. the branch of zoology that studies birds


Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds. The word "ornithology" derives from the ancient Greek ὄρνις ornis ("bird") and λόγος logos ("rationale" or "explanation"). Several aspects of ornithology differ from related disciplines, due partly to the high visibility and the aesthetic appeal of birds. Most marked among these is the extent of studies undertaken by amateurs working within the parameters of strict scientific methodology.

The science of ornithology has a long history and studies on birds have helped develop several key concepts in evolution, behaviour and ecology such as the definition of species, the process of speciation, instinct, learning, ecological niches, guilds, island biogeography, phylogeography and conservation. While early ornithology was principally concerned with descriptions and distributions of species, ornithologists today seek answers to very specific questions, often using birds as models to test hypotheses or predictions based on theories. Most modern biological theories apply across taxonomic groups and the number of professional scientists who identify themselves as "ornithologists" has therefore declined. A wide range of tools and techniques are used in ornithology, both inside the laboratory and out in the field, and innovations are constantly made.

Ornithology (composition)

"Ornithology" is a famous jazz standard by bebop alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Benny Harris.

Its title is a reference to Parker's nickname, "Bird" ( ornithology means the study of birds). The Charlie Parker Septet made the first recording of the tune on March 28, 1946 on the Dial label, and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989.

"Ornithology" is a contrafact – a newly created melody written over the chord progression of another song, in this case the standard " How High the Moon". It remains one of the most popular and frequently performed bebop tunes. Jazz vocalists scatting on "How High the Moon" (notably Ella Fitzgerald) often quote the melody of "Ornithology" (and vice versa).

Notable recordings include Bud Powell's version. Vocalese "lyrics" were also created by Babs Gonzales.

"Ornithology" was prominently featured in the novel Suder by Percival Everett.

Usage examples of "ornithology".

Willughby devoted his life to Ornithology and Ichthyology and won a deathless place in science.

Then you have zoology, or the study of animals, ornithology for birds, entomology for insects, conchology for shells, ichthyology for fishes.

Four years later he was named curator of the Botanic Garden at Harvard University, a position he held with distinction for a dozen years, and somehow also found time to become a leading authority on birds, producing a celebrated text on American ornithology in 1832.

Christine also had a stuffed passenger pigeon (the ROM’s Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology—the slapped-together catchall formed by merging the old ichthyology, herpetology, mammalogy, and ornithology departments—had about twenty of them).

Does an ichneumon wasp study ornithology before it finds the one species of spider that will do for her eggs, and stings it just so in order that it may remain alive?