; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of small, mainly brown birds which have greyish under-parts, some with chestnut flanks, and slender, pointed bills. They are found in rocky meadows, scrub, and woodland, feed on the ground on seeds and insects, and nest in bushes and on the ground. Prunella modularis (dunnock) is a common garden bird in Europe. There is one genus, comprising 12 species, found in Europe and Asia.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.