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The Sparrow family of birds includes sparrows, finches, grosbeaks,
buntings and juncos. Collectively, these are the largest family
of birds in the world.

Sparrows are generally medium sized, having stout, conical bills
well suited to crushing seeds, which are the staple diet of the birds.

Color is a brown bodied with streaked backs.

The best-known American sparrow is probably the song sparrow,
found throughout most of North America. There are nearly 40 subspecies,
ranging in length from 4.7 to 6.7 inches.

In all the upper surface is some shade of brown, more or less streaked,
and the under parts white or buff, streaked with black or brown.

Picture Song Sparrow

The song sparrow's nest, composed of grasses and rootlets lined
with fine grasses and long hair, is often placed on the ground.

The eggs are variable in color and form; the ground shade is whitish,
thickly marked with reddish-brown or lilac.

When not nesting, most sparrows are seen in flocks.

The domesticated canary is a member of the sparrow family.

Old World sparrows are a large family represented in North America
by the common house sparrow and the rare Eurasian tree sparrow.
Both resemble the native sparrow, but have shorter legs and
thicker beaks.

Nest in bird boxes or on buildings, or make woven grass nests
in trees.

The male house sparrow has a gray crown and black throat, female
is duller and lacks black.

House sparrows are actually weaver finches.

Picture Yellow Winged Sparrow

Sparrows belong to the order Passeriformes.

Types of Sparrows include:

American Tree Sparrow
Bachman's Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow
Black Throated Sparrow
Black Chinned Sparrow
Brewers Sparrow
Cassin's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay Colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Golden Crowned Sparrow
Harris' Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Lark Bunting
Lark Sparrow
Le Conte's Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Rufous Crowned Sparrow
Rufous Winged Sparrow
Sage Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Sharp Tailed Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow
Yellow Winged Sparrow

Old World Sparrows:

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
House Sparrow

See Also:





All Perching Birds

Fun Filled and Cheerful Plush Stuffed Birds

Sparrow Calendars