|Sparrow Shapes-click on the image to see it larger.|
Look closely at tail and wing length, bill shape, head shape and size, and overall bulkiness. With a little
practice these sparrows will start to look much different.
Here is a list of what species are in what genus. Pipilo and Rhynchophanes are not included in the graphic but they will be included in later posts.
Pipilo: Green-tailed, Spotted, and Eastern Towhee
Aimophila: Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Melozone: Canyon, California, and Abert's Towhee
Peucaea: Rufous-winged, Botteri's, Cassin's, and Bachman's Sparrow
Spizella: American Tree, Clay-colored, Chipping, Brewer's, Field, and Black-chinned Sparrow
Pooecetes: Vesper Sparrow
Chondestes: Lark Sparrow
Amphispiza: Five-striped, Black-throated, and Sage Sparrow
Calamospiza: Lark Bunting
Passerculus: Savannah Sparrow
Ammodramus: Grasshopper, Baird's, Henslow's, Le Conte's, Nelson's, Saltmarsh, and Seaside Sparrow
Passerella: Fox Sparrow
Melospiza: Song, Lincoln's, Swamp
Zonotrichia: White-throated, Harris's, White-crowned, and Golden-crowned Sparrow
Junco: Dark-eyed and Yellow-eyed Junco
Calcarius: Lapland, Chestnut-collared, and Smith's Longspur
Rhynchophanes: McCown's Longspur
Plectrophenax: Snow and McKay's Bunting
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