About Finches and Sparrows . . . .

Finches and sparrows are very similar and it can be difficult to distinguish them apart. Some of their similarities are their general size, their diet and they are commonly seen feeding on the ground or in bushes.

The group of birds that are part of the finch and sparrow families include almost 400 species.

 While they are similar there are some noticeable differences.

Finches

Finches are slightly smaller than sparrows, they typically measure between 4 to 6 inches including their tails. Finches and sparrows both eat primarily grans and seeds but finches tend to have smaller bills and prefer smaller seed than sparrows.

Finches are social birds and are more likely to be seen in large flocks or groups of the same species.

Finches typically have splashed of color. Many finches have bright colors that include purples, reds and yellows.

Sparrows

Sparrows typically measure between 5 to 7 inches including their tails. Sparrows generally have longer tails than finches and they flash their tails more frequently than finches.

Sparrows are solitary birds and are more likely to be seen alone or in pairs.

Sparrow have more drab coloration, mostly shades of brown with distinct markings on their heads. Their bodies have bold coloration of black and chestnut with subtle yellow markings.

I will be adding more species of Finches and Sparrows as I am able to see them and photograph them so check back later to see my new photos of these birds.

Finches

Bullfinch

Barbados Bullfinch

Barbados

Canary

Yellow-fronted Canary

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Chaffinch

Common Chaffinch

Canary Islands

Canary Islands

Greece

Greece

Dickcissel (Chaffinch)

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Finch

Gouldian Finch

Australia

House Finch

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Female

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female & Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female & Male – Staying Warm

Texas

Java Sparrow (actually a Finch)

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Saffron Finch

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Scaly-breasted Munia (Finch)

Juvenile

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Juvenile

Texas

Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Juvenile & Adult

Texas

Adult

Texas

Thick-billed Seed Finch

Female & Male

Costa Rica

Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

European Goldfinch

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

Lesser Goldfinch

Texas

Texas

Greenfinch

European Greenfinch

New Zealand

Oriental Greenfinch

Japan

Japan

Waxbill

Common Waxbill

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Sparrows

Sparrows

Black-throated Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Chipping Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Vietnam

South Korea

Japan

Japan

Japan

Vietnam

Field Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

House Sparrow

Male

Australia

Male

Spain

Female & Male

Thailand

Female

Washington DC

Male

New Zealand

Male

Texas

Male

Texas

Female

Texas

Male (Bath time)

Texas

Lark Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Savannah Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Song Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Swamp Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

White-crowned Sparrow

Juvenile

Texas

Adult

New Mexico

Juvenile

New Mexico

Adult

New Mexico

Juvenile

Texas

Adult

Texas

Juvenile (staying warm)

Texas

White-throated Sparrow

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Towhee

Abert’s Towhee

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Canyon Towhee

Texas

Texas

Texas

Texas

Spotted Towhee

New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico

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