Jeff Wendorff's bird photography portfolio of juncos, towhees and sparrows from the family, Emberizidae.

Sparrow Wiki
The Emberizidae are a large family of seed-eating passerine birds with distinctively finch-like bills.

In Europe, most species are called buntings. In North America, most of the species in this family are known as (American) sparrows, but these birds are not closely related to the (Old World) sparrows, in the family Passeridae. The family also includes the North American birds known as juncos and towhees.

It was hypothesized that the family Emberizidae may have originated in South America and spread first into North America before crossing into eastern Asia and continuing to move west. This would explain the comparative paucity of emberizid species in Europe and Africa compared to the Americas. However, a DNA sequence-based study of passerines concluded emberizids spread from North to South America.

As with several other passerine families, the taxonomic treatment of this family's members is currently in a state of flux. Many genera in South and Central America are, in fact, more closely related to several different tanager clades, and at least one tanager genus (Chlorospingus) may belong here in the Emberizidae.

Antbirds Photographed
Black-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularis
Brewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweri
Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Arremon brunneinucha
Field Sparrow, Spizella pusilla
Fox Sparrow (Sooty), Passerelia iliaca
Golden-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
Lark Sparrow, Chondestes grammacus
Olive Sparrow, Arremonops rufivirgatus
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis
Rufous-winged Sparrow, Peucaea carpalis
Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis
Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
White-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys
White-eared Ground Sparrow, Melozone leucotis
White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis
Yellow-thighed Finch, Pselliophorus tibialis

Sparrows Collective Noun
Naturally with the love hate relationship people have with sparrows, there are numerous collective nouns the lowly sparrow. Some of the sparrows collective nouns are a crew, flutter, host, meinie, quarrel, tribe, ubiquity, host, and a knot. My preference for the ubiquitous sparrow is of course a ubiquity!

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Black-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularisBlack-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularisBlack-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularisBlack-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularisBlack-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularisBlack-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularisBlack-chinned Sparrow, Spizella atrogularisBlack-chinned Sparrow flying over the sagebrush in UtahBlack-chinned Sparrow singing on territory in UtahBlack-chinned Sparrow singing on territory in UtahBlack-chinned Sparrow legs akimbo poseBlack-chinned Sparrow alert pose looking for challengersBrewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweriBrewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweriBrewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweriBrewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweriBrewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweriBrewer's Sparrow, Spizella breweriChestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Arremon brunneinuchaChestnut-capped Brush-Finch, Arremon brunneinucha