Passeridae – Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) by Daves BirdingPix

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) by Daves BirdingPix

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. (Matthew 10:29 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Passeridae – Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (43)

Cinnamon Ibon (Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus)
Saxaul Sparrow (Passer ammodendri)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Italian Sparrow (Passer italiae)
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)
Sind Sparrow (Passer pyrrhonotus)
Somali Sparrow (Passer castanopterus)
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus)
Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus)
Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus)
Iago Sparrow (Passer iagoensis)
Great Sparrow (Passer motitensis)
Socotra Sparrow (Passer insularis)
Abd al-Kuri Sparrow (Passer hemileucus)
Kenya Sparrow (Passer rufocinctus)
Shelley’s Sparrow (Passer shelleyi)
Kordofan Sparrow (Passer cordofanicus)
Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus)
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus)
Swainson’s Sparrow (Passer swainsonii)
Parrot-billed Sparrow (Passer gongonensis)
Swahili Sparrow (Passer suahelicus)
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer diffusus)
Desert Sparrow (Passer simplex)
Zarudny’s Sparrow (Passer zarudnyi)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus)
Arabian Golden Sparrow (Passer euchlorus)
Chestnut Sparrow (Passer eminibey)
Pale Rockfinch (Carpospiza brachydactyla)
Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia)
Yellow-throated Petronia (Gymnoris superciliaris)
Bush Petronia (Gymnoris dentata)
Yellow-spotted Petronia (Gymnoris pyrgita)
Yellow-throated Sparrow (Gymnoris xanthocollis)
White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis)
Tibetan Snowfinch (Montifringilla henrici)
Black-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla adamsi)
White-rumped Snowfinch (Onychostruthus taczanowskii)
Pere David’s Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda davidiana)
Rufous-necked Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda ruficollis)
Blanford’s Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda blanfordi)
Afghan Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda theresae)


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Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery

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The sparrows are a family of small passerine birds, Passeridae. They are also known as true sparrows, or Old World sparrows, names also used for a genus of the family, Passer. They are distinct from the American sparrows, which although similar in appearance are placed in the family Emberizidae, and from a few other birds sharing their name, such as the Java Sparrow. Many species nest on buildings, and the House and Eurasian Tree Sparrows in particular inhabit cities in large numbers, so sparrows may be the most familiar of all wild birds. They are primarily seed-eaters, though they also consume small insects. Some species scavenge for food around cities and, like gulls or Rock Doves, will happily eat virtually anything in small quantities.

Generally, sparrows are small, plump, brown-grey birds with short tails and stubby, powerful beaks. The differences between sparrow species can be subtle. Members of this family range in size from the Chestnut Sparrow (Passer eminibey), at 11.4 cm (4.5 in) and 13.4 grams (0.47 oz), to the Parrot-billed Sparrow (Passer gongonensis), at 18 cm (7.1 in) and 42 grams (1.5 oz). Sparrows are physically similar to other seed-eating birds, such as finches, but have a vestigial dorsal outer primary feather and an extra bone in the tongue. This bone, the preglossale, helps stiffen the tongue when holding seeds. Other helps towards eating seeds are specialised bills and elongated and specialised alimentary canals. (Wikipedia with editing)

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