SPIZELLA

(Passerellidae; Ϯ Field Sparrow S. pusilla) Dim. < Gr. σπιζα spiza  finch  < σπιζω spizō  to chirp; "FIELD SPARROW.  FRINGILLA PUSILLA.  ...  THIS is the smallest of all our Sparrows, and in Pennsylvania is generally migratory.  ...  It is more frequently found in the middle of fields and orchards than any of the other species, which usually lurk along hedge rows." (Wilson 1810); "3. Spizella, Nob.  (typ. Fr. pusilla, Wils.)" (Bonaparte 1831).
Synon. Spinites.

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Recommended citation
Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 24 January 2019).