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List of New World sparrow species

The International Ornithological Committee (IOC) recognizes these 138 species in the New World sparrow family Passerellidae, distributed among 30 genera in the following sequence.[1] One extinct species, the Bermuda towhee (†), is included. Confusingly, only 68 of the 138 include "sparrow" in their name. Forty-three are called brushfinches and the remaining 27 have a variety of other names. The North American and South American classification committees of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) and the Clements taxonomy recognize fewer species, BirdLife International's Handbook of the Birds of the World recognizes more, and all three also use some different common names.[2][3][4]

This list is presented according to the IOC taxonomic sequence and can also be sorted alphabetically by common name and binomial.

Image Common name Binomial name + authority IOC sequence
Tanager finch Oreothraupis arremonops (Sclater, PL, 1855) 1
Yellow-throated bush tanager Chlorospingus flavigularis (Sclater, PL, 1852) 2
Yellow-whiskered bush tanager Chlorospingus parvirostris Chapman, 1901 3
Ashy-throated bush tanager Chlorospingus canigularis (Lafresnaye, 1848) 4
Sooty-capped bush tanager Chlorospingus pileatus Salvin, 1865 5
Common bush tanager Chlorospingus flavopectus (Lafresnaye, 1840) 6
Tacarcuna bush tanager Chlorospingus tacarcunae Griscom, 1924 7
Pirre bush tanager Chlorospingus inornatus (Nelson, 1912) 8
Dusky bush tanager Chlorospingus semifuscus Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1873 9
Tumbes sparrow Rhynchospiza stolzmanni (Taczanowski, 1877) 10
Yungas sparrow Rhynchospiza dabbenei (Hellmayr, 1912) 11
Chaco sparrow Rhynchospiza strigiceps (Gould, 1839) 12
Rufous-winged sparrow Peucaea carpalis Coues, 1873 13
Cinnamon-tailed sparrow Peucaea sumichrasti (Lawrence, 1871) 14
Stripe-headed sparrow Peucaea ruficauda (Bonaparte, 1853) 15
Black-chested sparrow Peucaea humeralis (Cabanis, 1851) 16
Bridled sparrow Peucaea mystacalis (Hartlaub, 1852) 17
Botteri's sparrow Peucaea botterii (Sclater, PL, 1858) 18
Cassin's sparrow Peucaea cassinii (Woodhouse, 1852) 19
Bachman's sparrow Peucaea aestivalis (Lichtenstein, MHC, 1823) 20
Grasshopper sparrow Ammodramus savannarum (Gmelin, JF, 1789) 21
Grassland sparrow Ammodramus humeralis (Bosc, 1792) 22
Yellow-browed sparrow Ammodramus aurifrons (Spix, 1825) 23
Olive sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus (Lawrence, 1851) 24
Green-backed sparrow Arremonops chloronotus (Salvin, 1861) 25
Black-striped sparrow Arremonops conirostris (Bonaparte, 1850) 26
Tocuyo sparrow Arremonops tocuyensis Todd, 1912 27
Five-striped sparrow Amphispizopsis quinquestriata (Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1868) 28
Black-throated sparrow Amphispiza bilineata (Cassin, 1850) 29
Lark sparrow Chondestes grammacus (Say, 1822) 30
Lark bunting Calamospiza melanocorys Stejneger, 1885 31
Chipping sparrow Spizella passerina (Bechstein, 1798) 32
Clay-colored sparrow Spizella pallida (Swainson, 1832) 33
Black-chinned sparrow Spizella atrogularis (Cabanis, 1851) 34
Field sparrow Spizella pusilla (Wilson, A, 1810) 35
Brewer's sparrow Spizella breweri Cassin, 1856 36
Worthen's sparrow Spizella wortheni Ridgway, 1884 37
Sierra Nevada brushfinch Arremon basilicus (Bangs, 1898) 38
Perija brushfinch Arremon perijanus (Phelps, WH & Gilliard, 1940) 39
Costa Rican brushfinch Arremon costaricensis (Bangs, 1907) 40
Black-headed brushfinch Arremon atricapillus (Lawrence, 1874) 41
Caracas brushfinch Arremon phaeopleurus (Sclater, PL, 1856) 42
Paria brushfinch Arremon phygas (Berlepsch, 1912) 43
Grey-browed brushfinch Arremon assimilis (Boissonneau, 1840) 44
White-browed brushfinch Arremon torquatus (d'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) 45
Orange-billed sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris Lafresnaye, 1847 46
Black-capped sparrow Arremon abeillei Lesson, RP, 1844 47
Golden-winged sparrow Arremon schlegeli Bonaparte, 1850 48
Pectoral sparrow Arremon taciturnus (Hermann, 1783) 49
Sao Francisco sparrow Arremon franciscanus Raposo, M, 1997 50
Half-collared sparrow Arremon semitorquatus Swainson, 1838 51
Moss-backed sparrow Arremon dorbignii Sclater, PL, 1856 52
Saffron-billed sparrow Arremon flavirostris Swainson, 1838 53
Green-striped brushfinch Arremon virenticeps (Bonaparte, 1855) 54
Chestnut-capped brushfinch Arremon brunneinucha (Lafresnaye, 1839) 55
Sooty-faced finch Arremon crassirostris (Cassin, 1865) 56
Olive finch Arremon castaneiceps (Sclater, PL, 1860) 57
Sooty fox sparrow Passerella unalaschcensis (Gmelin, JF, 1789) 58
Slate-colored fox sparrow Passerella schistacea Baird, SF, 1858 59
Thick-billed fox sparrow Passerella megarhyncha Baird, SF, 1858 60
Red fox sparrow Passerella iliaca (Merrem, 1786) 61
American tree sparrow Spizelloides arborea (Wilson, A, 1810) 62
Volcano junco Junco vulcani (Boucard, 1878) 63
Guadalupe junco Junco insularis Ridgway, 1876 64
Dark-eyed junco Junco hyemalis (Linnaeus, 1758) 65
Yellow-eyed junco Junco phaeonotus Wagler, 1831 66
Baird's junco Junco bairdi Ridgway, 1883 67
Rufous-collared sparrow Zonotrichia capensis (Müller, PLS, 1776) 68
White-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys (Forster, JR, 1772) 69
Golden-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla (Gmelin, JF, 1789) 70
Harris's sparrow Zonotrichia querula (Nuttall, 1840) 71
White-throated sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis (Gmelin, JF, 1789) 72
Sagebrush sparrow Artemisiospiza nevadensis (Ridgway, 1874) 73
Bell's sparrow Artemisiospiza belli (Cassin, 1850) 74
Striped sparrow Oriturus superciliosus (Swainson, 1838) 75
Vesper sparrow Pooecetes gramineus (Gmelin, JF, 1789) 76
LeConte's sparrow Ammospiza leconteii (Audubon, 1844) 77
Seaside sparrow Ammospiza maritima (Wilson, A, 1811) 78
Nelson's sparrow Ammospiza nelsoni (Allen, JA, 1875) 79
Saltmarsh sparrow Ammospiza caudacuta (Gmelin, JF, 1788) 80
Baird's sparrow Centronyx bairdii (Audubon, 1844) 81
Henslow's sparrow Centronyx henslowii (Audubon, 1829) 82
Savannah sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis (Gmelin, JF, 1789) 83
Sierra Madre sparrow Xenospiza baileyi Bangs, 1931 84
Song sparrow Melospiza melodia (Wilson, A, 1810) 85
Lincoln's sparrow Melospiza lincolnii (Audubon, 1834) 86
Swamp sparrow Melospiza georgiana (Latham, 1790) 87
Large-footed finch Pezopetes capitalis Cabanis, 1861 88
Zapata sparrow Torreornis inexpectata Barbour & Peters, JL, 1927 89
Rusty-crowned ground sparrow Melozone kieneri (Bonaparte, 1850) 90
Canyon towhee Melozone fusca (Swainson, 1827) 91
White-throated towhee Melozone albicollis (Sclater, PL, 1858) 92
Abert's towhee Melozone aberti (Baird, SF, 1852) 93
California towhee Melozone crissalis (Vigors, 1839) 94
White-eared ground sparrow Melozone leucotis Cabanis, 1861 95
Prevost's ground sparrow Melozone biarcuata (Prévost & des Murs, 1842) 96
Cabanis's ground sparrow Melozone cabanisi (Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1868) 97
Rusty sparrow Aimophila rufescens (Swainson, 1827) 98
Rufous-crowned sparrow Aimophila ruficeps (Cassin, 1852) 99
Oaxaca sparrow Aimophila notosticta (Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1868) 100
Green-tailed towhee Pipilo chlorurus (Audubon, 1839) 101
Spotted towhee Pipilo maculatus Swainson, 1827 102
Eastern towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus (Linnaeus, 1758) 103
Bermuda towhee Pipilo naufragus Olson & Wingate, 2012 104
Collared towhee Pipilo ocai (Lawrence, 1865) 105
Rufous-capped brushfinch Atlapetes pileatus Wagler, 1831 106
White-naped brushfinch Atlapetes albinucha (d'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) 107
Yellow-thighed brushfinch Atlapetes tibialis (Lawrence, 1864) 108
Yellow-green brushfinch Atlapetes luteoviridis (Griscom, 1924) 109
Moustached brushfinch Atlapetes albofrenatus (Boissonneau, 1840) 110
Merida brushfinch Atlapetes meridae (Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1871) 111
Tepui brushfinch Atlapetes personatus (Cabanis, 1849) 112
Santa Marta brushfinch Atlapetes melanocephalus (Salvin & Godman, 1880) 113
Ochre-breasted brushfinch Atlapetes semirufus (Boissonneau, 1840) 114
Yellow-headed brushfinch Atlapetes flaviceps Chapman, 1912 115
Dusky-headed brushfinch Atlapetes fuscoolivaceus Chapman, 1914 116
White-rimmed brushfinch Atlapetes leucopis (Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1878) 117
White-headed brushfinch Atlapetes albiceps (Taczanowski, 1884) 118
Rufous-eared brushfinch Atlapetes rufigenis (Salvin, 1895) 119
Choco brushfinch Atlapetes crassus Bangs, 1908 120
Tricolored brushfinch Atlapetes tricolor (Taczanowski, 1875) 121
Slaty brushfinch Atlapetes schistaceus (Boissonneau, 1840) 122
Pale-naped brushfinch Atlapetes pallidinucha (Boissonneau, 1840) 123
Antioquia brushfinch Atlapetes blancae Donegan, 2007 124
Yellow-breasted brushfinch Atlapetes latinuchus (Du Bus de Gisignies, 1855) 125
Black-fronted brushfinch Atlapetes nigrifrons Phelps, WH & Gilliard, 1940 126
White-winged brushfinch Atlapetes leucopterus (Jardine, 1856) 127
Pale-headed brushfinch Atlapetes pallidiceps (Sharpe, 1900) 128
Bay-crowned brushfinch Atlapetes seebohmi (Taczanowski, 1883) 129
Rusty-bellied brushfinch Atlapetes nationi (Sclater, PL, 1881) 130
Apurimac brushfinch Atlapetes forbesi Morrison, 1947 131
Black-spectacled brushfinch Atlapetes melanopsis Valqui & Fjeldså, 2002 132
Vilcabamba brushfinch Atlapetes terborghi Remsen, 1993 133
Cuzco brushfinch Atlapetes canigenis Chapman, 1919 134
Grey-eared brushfinch Atlapetes melanolaemus (Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1879) 135
Bolivian brushfinch Atlapetes rufinucha (d'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) 136
Fulvous-headed brushfinch Atlapetes fulviceps (d'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) 137
Yellow-striped brushfinch Atlapetes citrinellus (Cabanis, 1883) 138

References

  1. ^ Gill, F.; Donsker, D.; Rasmussen, P., eds. (January 2024). "New World sparrows, bush tanagers". IOC World Bird List. v 14.1. Retrieved January 4, 2024.
  2. ^ Chesser, R. T., S. M. Billerman, K. J. Burns, C. Cicero, J. L. Dunn, B. E. Hern ndez-Ba os, R. A. Jim nez, A. W. Kratter, N. A. Mason, P. C. Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen, Jr., and K. Winker. 2023. Check-list of North American Birds (online). American Ornithological Society. https://checklist.americanornithology.org/taxa/ retrieved August 11, 2023
  3. ^ Remsen, J. V., Jr., J. I. Areta, E. Bonaccorso, S. Claramunt, G. Del-Rio, A. Jaramillo, D. F. Lane, M. B. Robbins, F. G. Stiles, and K. J. Zimmer. Version 26 November 2023. A classification of the bird species of South America. American Ornithological Society. https://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCBaseline.htm retrieved November 27, 2023
  4. ^ HBW and BirdLife International (2023). Handbook of the Birds of the World and BirdLife International digital checklist of the birds of the world. Version 8. Available at: http://datazone.birdlife.org/userfiles/file/Species/Taxonomy/HBW-BirdLife_Checklist_v8_Dec23.zip retrieved December 28, 2023
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