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These birds are fairly small and slim, with short bills, round heads and long wings. They are usually found in semi-open areas. Outside of the nesting season they often forage in small mixed flocks.
American tree sparrow was formerly a member of this group, but is now placed in its monotypic genus Spizelloides.
The full list of species is:
- Chipping sparrow, Spizella passerina
- Clay-colored sparrow, Spizella pallida
- Brewer's sparrow, Spizella breweri
- Timberline sparrow, Spizella breweri taverneri
- Field sparrow, Spizella pusilla
- Worthen's sparrow, Spizella wortheni
- Black-chinned sparrow, Spizella atrogularis
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