|Sage Sparrow, Malheur NWR, Oregon, May 26, 2007 by Greg Gillson.|
Chickadee and Wren-like Songbirds
Sparrow and Finch-like Songbirds
A beginner should be able to quickly place a bird they see into one of these categories.
There are many sparrow and finch-like birds. Many grosbeaks, finches, and buntings are quite colorful. Some of the females, however, are streaky and brown--as are many of the sparrows. All share a thicker conical beak for eating seeds. Many are familiar backyard and feeder birds.
Longspurs, sparrows, weavers, finches, buntings, juncos, and others make up this varied group.