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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3821.3.9

A new genus for the American Tree Sparrow (Aves: Passeriformes: Passerellidae)

DAVID L. SLAGER

Abstract


The genus Spizella (Bonaparte) contains seven species of North American sparrows in the recently resurrected family Passerellidae (Bock 1994; Barker et al. 2013), formerly placed in the Emberizidae, and includes a few of the region's most common and familiar bird species. Spizella sparrows occupy more or less open habitats; most species are at least partially migratory and form small flocks when not breeding. On the basis of their similar morphology and behavior, they have long been treated as a natural group (Ridgway 1901; American Ornithologists’ Union 1998).

 


Keywords


Aves, Passeriformes, Passerellidae

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