Finches, Sparrows, Buntings and Accentors

Finches, Sparrows, Buntings and Accentors Photographed in Grassy and Shrubby Habitats

Featured families are finches (Fringillidae)<sup>1</sup>, sparrows (Passeridae), buntings (Emberizidae) and accentors (Prunellidae) and to varying degrees are specialised seed eaters that also supplement their diet with insects and other invertebrates. Habitats include grassy and shrubby areas. Bill shape varies according to main food source varying from sharp to rounded. Some species feed on the ground while other perch or hang on plants.

Finches

Finch Notes

All species featured in the gallery are currently ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’.

Finches populate most regions of the world except for Australasia, although there are some introduced resident species in this region. I photographed a couple of finch species in New Zealand where they seem to be more numerous than indigenous birds. Apart from the goldfinch the other displayed species exhibit plumage dimorphism.

Sparrows, Buntings and Accentors

Sparrow Notes

All species featured in the gallery are currently ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’.

Two species of Old-World sparrows feature; the plumage dimorphic house sparrow and Eurasian tree sparrow, both introduced resident species in Australasia. These are seed-eating specialist at home in open country, villages and urban areas.

Euphonia Behaviour

Euphonia Behaviour Notes

Images of male and female Violaceous Euphonia feeding at Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad.