Finches, Sparrows, Buntings and Accentors

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

Featured families are finches (Fringillidae)1, 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’.

Two Old World species feature; Eurasian tree sparrow and house sparrow, both species occupy habitats in Europe, Asia and Australia, the latter being an introduced resident. The house sparrow is an introduced species in New Zealand. The rufous-collared sparrow is a common New World species occupying most of South America. House sparrows are plumage dimorphic. Sparrows are seed-eating specialist at home in open country, villages and urban areas.

Sparrows, Buntings and Accentors

Sparrow Notes

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

Two Old World species feature; Eurasian tree sparrow and house sparrow, both species occupy habitats in Europe, Asia and Australia, the latter being an introduced resident. The house sparrow is an introduced species in New Zealand. The rufous-collared sparrow is a common New World species occupying most of South America. House sparrows are plumage dimorphic. Sparrows 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.

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1 Fringillidae includes subfamily Euphoniinae previously placed in Thraupidae.