Finches and Sparrows
This is a guide to true" finches and sparrows illustrating all the
species, many races and most sex and age variations, with almost 950
portraits. The maps accompanying the illustrations show breeding and
wintering ranges for all species. Although the guide is not primarily
intended for cagebird enthusiasts, it will also be useful for those
wishing to know more about the species encountered in captivity."
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Adult female Adult male Africa alula Angola areas back and scapulars base bill Bill black birds blackish blackish-brown breast and flanks breeding bright yellow buff-brown buffish buffish-brown central centre chin and throat Common Crossbill Confusion species crimson crown and nape culmen dark brown dark grey darker deep DESCRIPTION Sexes differ dull duller ear-coverts edges and tips Ethiopia face Finch flight feathers flocks forest grassland greater coverts green grey-brown HABITAT AND BEHAVIOUR head House Sparrow IDENTIFICATION Length Juvenile Kenya Legs and feet locally common lores lower breast mandible mantle mantle and back MEASUREMENTS Wing Median and greater median coverts Monotypic northern pale buff pale grey Palearctic plumage primary coverts race range Rosefinch rump and uppertail-coverts savanna scrub seeds sides of breast sides of neck similar to adult southern Sparrow Sudan supercilium tail Tanzania tertials tinged Uganda underparts upperparts warm brown whitish Wing of male wingbars winter Zaire Zambia