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


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Species (43)

Cinnamon Ibon (Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus) ©Drawing WikiC
Saxaul Sparrow (Passer ammodendri) ©WikiC
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) outside N Aviary by Lee
Italian Sparrow (Passer italiae) IBC
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) by Nikhil Devasar
Sind Sparrow (Passer pyrrhonotus) by Nikhil Devasar
Somali Sparrow (Passer castanopterus) IBC – Specimen
Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) by Nikhil Devasar
Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus) ©WikiC
Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus) ©WikiC
Iago Sparrow (Passer iagoensis) ©WikiC
Great Sparrow (Passer motitensis) ©WikiC
Socotra Sparrow (Passer insularis) ©Drawing WikiC
Abd al-Kuri Sparrow (Passer hemileucus) ©Drawing WikiC
Kenya Sparrow (Passer rufocinctus) ©WikiC
Shelley’s Sparrow (Passer shelleyi) ©Drawing WikiC
Kordofan Sparrow (Passer cordofanicus) ©©Drawing Flickr
Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus) by Ian
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus) ©WikiC
Swainson’s Sparrow (Passer swainsonii) IBC
Parrot-billed Sparrow (Passer gongonensis) IBC
Swahili Sparrow (Passer suahelicus) IBC
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer diffusus) ©WikiC
Desert Sparrow (Passer simplex) IBC
Zarudny’s Sparrow (Passer zarudnyi) (3.5)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) by Nikhil
Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) by Dan
Arabian Golden Sparrow (Passer euchlorus) Video IBC
Chestnut Sparrow (Passer eminibey) ©WikiC
Pale Rockfinch (Carpospiza brachydactyla) ©WikiC
Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia) by Nikhil Devasar
Yellow-throated Petronia (Gymnoris superciliaris) ©WikiC
Bush Petronia (Gymnoris dentata) ©WikiC
Yellow-spotted Petronia (Gymnoris pyrgita) ©WikiC
Yellow-throated Sparrow (Gymnoris xanthocollis) by Ian
White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) ©WikiC
Tibetan Snowfinch (Montifringilla henrici) BirdForum
Black-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla adamsi) by Nikhil Devasar
White-rumped Snowfinch (Onychostruthus taczanowskii) OBI
Pere David’s Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda davidiana) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Rufous-necked Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda ruficollis) IBI
Blanford’s Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda blanfordi) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Afghan Snowfinch (Pyrgilauda theresae) ©Drawing WikiC

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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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