American Sparrows

Song Sparrow
Old World Sparrows

Members of the Emberizidae Family

American sparrows are similar in both appearance and habit to finches.


American Sparrows are seed-eating birds with conical bills, The plumage is mostly in shades of brown or grey and many species have distinctive head patterns.

Species in taxonomic order

Genus Arremon

  • Orange-billed Sparrow, Arremon aurantiirostris
  • Pectoral Sparrow, Arremon taciturnus
  • Half-collared Sparrow, Arremon semitorquatus
  • Golden-winged Sparrow, Arremon schlegeli
  • Black-capped Sparrow, Arremon abeillei
  • Saffron-billed Sparrow, Arremon flavirostris
  • Chestnut-capped Brush Finch, Arremon brunneinucha

Genus Arremonops

House Sparrow in flight

Genus Pipilo

Genus Aimophila

  • Bridled Sparrow, Aimophila mystacalis
  • Black-chested Sparrow, Aimophila humeralis
  • Stripe-headed Sparrow, Aimophila ruficauda
  • Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow, Aimophila sumichrasti
  • Stripe-capped Sparrow, Aimophila strigiceps
  • Tumbes Sparrow, Aimophila stolzmanni
  • Bachman's Sparrow, Aimophila aestivalis
  • Botteri's Sparrow, Aimophila botterii : A medium-sized sparrow found primarily in Mexico, with a breeding range that extends to the southeastern tip of Arizona. Small populations can be found in the southern-most tip of Texas
  • Cassin's Sparrow, Aimophila cassinii
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Aimophila ruficeps
  • Rufous-winged Sparrow, Aimophila carpalis
  • Five-striped Sparrow, Aimophila quinquestriata : A medium-sized sparrow. This passerine bird is primarily found along the Pacific coast region of mainland Mexico, with a breeding range that extends into the southern tip of the U.S. state of Arizona. This species is a regular victim of cowbird nest parasites.
  • Oaxaca Sparrow, Aimophila notosticta
  • Rusty Sparrow, Aimophila rufescens
  • Striped Sparrow, Oriturus superciliosus
  • Zapata Sparrow, Torreornis inexpectata

Olive SparrowGenus Spizella

Genus Amphispiza

Genus Ammodramus

Genus Melospiza

Olive Sparrow

Genus Zonotrichia

Genus Junco

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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