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White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).—William D. Griffin
Any of numerous species of small chiefly seed-eating songbirds having a conical bill, particularly the house sparrow, and most members of the New World family Emberizidae. Some species of Emberizidae are common. The trim-looking chipping and tree sparrows have a reddish brown cap. The finely streaked savanna and vesper sparrows inhabit grassy fields. The heavily streaked song and fox sparrows are woodland dwellers. The white-crowned and white-throated sparrows are larger than most species and have black-and-white crown stripes.
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