Sparrows and allies (New World) emberizidae
Sparrows are small birds with short, thick, but pointed bills.
and gregarious seed-eaters
The different species tend to vary greatly in their plumage, and some are quite colorful. In general, they tend to have a mostly brownish or greyish plumage with short tails and stubby beaks.
Adult sparrows go through two molts a year - in late summer and late winter. Juveniles undergo three molts in their first year - referred to as first plumage-cycle.
Most Common Species in the United States and their Ranges
- American Tree Sparrows - Found in Alaska and northern Canada.
- Chipping Sparrows - Breed in eastern North America. Migrate south to winter in southern United States and Mexico for the winter.
- Fox Sparrows - Breed in northern Canada and the west coast of North America from Alaska to California. Migrate south on the west coast and to the eastern United States.
- Song Sparrows - Found in Canada and the United States. Breed in the northern range and migrate south to southern United States or Mexico for the winter.
- White-throated Sparrows - Breed in central Canada and New England. Migrate to southern USA for the winter.
- White-crowned Sparrows - Breed across northern Canada and the western United States.
- Golden-crowned Sparrows - Breed across the north part of western Canada and Alaska. They migrate south to spend the winter in Vancouver Island in Canada and the West Coast of the United States.