Order Passeriformes

Family Passeridae

Old World Sparrows
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  • Small passerines with thick, pointed, conical bill, broad and mostly blunt wings, and relatively short tail; plumage various combinations of brown, chestnut, grey and white, most with some black areas, some also with yellow.
  • Afrotropical, Palearctic and Oriental Regions.
  • Open country, villages and urban areas.
  • 12-17 cm.
  • 8 genera, 43 species, 103 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Summers-Smith, D. & Bonan, A. (2020). Old World Sparrows (Passeridae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52371 on 21 February 2020).