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Finches and Sparrows:
An Identification Guide
Peter Clement
Illustrations by Alan Harris and John Davis

Book Description | Reviews

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction 1
Acknowledgements 3
How to Use this Book 4
General Notes on Finches and Sparrows and their Relationships 10
How to Identify Finches and Sparrows 13
Colour Plates 19
Systematic Section 165
FRINGILLIDAE: Fringillinae
1 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 165
2 Blue Chaff inch Fringilla teydea 167
3 Brambling Fringilla montiffingilla 168
FRINGILLIDAE: Carduelinae
4 Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus 170
5 Serin Serinus serinus 172
6 Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus 173
7 Canary Serinus canaria 174
8 Citril Finch Serinus citrinelia 175
9 Tibetan Siskin Serinus thibetanus 177
10 Yellow-crowned Canary Serinus canicollis 178
11 Black-headed Siskin Serinus nigriceps 180
12 African Citril Serinus citrinelloides 181
13 Black-faced Canary Serinus capistratus 182
14 Papyrus Canary Serinus koliensis 183
15 Forest Canary Serinus scotops 184
16 White-rumped Seedeater Serinus leucopygius 185
17 Yellow-rumped Seedeater Serinus atrogularis 185
18 Arabian Serin Serinus rothschddi 187
19 Yemen Serin Serinus menachensis 188
20 Lemon-breasted Canary Serinus citrinipectus 188
21 Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus 189
22 Grosbeak Canary Serinus donaldsoni 191
23 Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris 192
24 White-bellied Canary Serinus dorsostriatus 193
25 Brimstone Canary Serinus sulphuratus 194
26 White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis 195
27 Streaky-headed Seedeater Serinus gularis 196
28 Black-eared Canary Serinus mennelli 198
29 Brown-rumped Seedeater Serinus tristriatus 199
30 Ankober Serin Serinus ankoberensis 199
31 Yellow-throated Seedeater Serinus flavigula 200
32 Salvaclori's Seedeater Serinus xantholaema 201
33 Streaky Seedeater Serinus striolatus 201
34 Thick-billed Seedeater Serinus burtoni 202
35 Principe Seedeater Serinus rufobrunneus 203
36 Protea Canary Serinus leucopterus 204
37 Cape Siskin Serinus totta 205
38 Drakensberg Siskin Serinus symonsi 206
39 Black-headed Canary Serinus alario 207
40 Mountain Serin Serinus estherae 208
41 Sao Tome Grosbeak Neospiza concolor 209
42 Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus 210
43 Golden-winged Grosbeak Rhynchostruthus socotranus 211
44 Greenfinch Carduelis chloris 212
45 Oriental Greenfinch Carduelis sinica 214
46 Himalayan Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides 216
47 Vietnamese Greenfinch Carduelis monguilloti 218
48 Black-headed Greenfinch Carduelis ambigua 218
49 Siskin Carduelis spinus 219
50 Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus 221
51 Black-capped Siskin Carduelis atriceps 223
52 Andean Siskin Carduelis spinescens 223
53 Yellow-faced Siskin Carduelis yarrellii 225
54 Red Siskin Carduelis cucullata 225
55 Thick-billed Siskin Carduelis crassirostris 226
56 Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica 228
57 Antillean Siskin Carduelis dominicensis 229
58 Saffron Siskin Carduelis siemiradzkii 230
59 Olivaceous Siskin Carduelis olivacea 231
60 Black-headed Siskin Carduelis notata 231
61 Yellow-bellied Siskin Carduelis xanthogastra 232
62 Black Siskin Carduelis atrata 234
63 Yellow-rumped Siskin Carduelis uropygialis 234
64 Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata 235
65 American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis 236
66 Dark-backed Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria 238
67 Lawrence's Goldfinch Carduelis lawrencei 239
68 Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 240
69 Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea 242
70 Arctic Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni 245
71 Twite Carduelis flavirostris 246
72 Linnet Carduelis cannabina 249
73 Yemen Linnet Carduelis yemenensis 250
74 Warsangli Linnet Carduelis johannis 251
75 Hodgson's Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola 252
76 Brandt's Mountain Finch Leucosticte brandti 253
77 Rosy Finch Leucosticte arctoa 255
78 Red-browed Finch Callacanthis burtoni 257
79 Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguinea 258
80 Trumpeter Finch Rhodopechys githaginea 260
81 Mongolian Trumpeter Finch Rhodopechys mongolica 261
82 Desert Finch Rhodopechys obsoleta 162
83 Long-tailed Rosefinch Uragus sibiricus 263
84 Przewalski's Rosefinch Urocynchramus pylzowi 265
85 Blanford's Rosefinch Carpodacus rubescens 266
86 Dark Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis 267
87 Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus 269
88 Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus 271
89 Cassin's Finch Carpodacus cassinii 273
90 House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus 274
91 Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus 275
92 Stresemann's Rosefinch Carpodacus eos 276
93 Pink-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus rhodochrous 277
94 Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus 278
95 Dark-rumped Rosefinch Carpodacus edwardsii 279
96 Sinai Rosefinch Carpodacus synoicus 281
97 Pallas's Rosefinch Carpodacus roseus 282
98 Three-banded Rosefinch Carpodacus trifasciatus 283
99 Spot-winged Rosefinch Carpodacus rhodopeplus 284
100 White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus thura 285
101 Red-mantled Rosefinch Carpodacus rhodochiamys 287
102 Eastern Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilloides 288
103 Caucasian Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla 289
104 Red-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus 290
105 Tibetan Rosefinch Carpodacus roborowskii 292
106 Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucieator 293
107 Red-headed Rosefinch Pinicola subhimachala 295
108 Scarlet Finch Haematospiza sipahi 296
109 Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus 297
110 Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra 298
111 Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica 302
112 Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera 303
113 Brown Bullfinch Pyrrhula nipalensis 305
114 Philippine Bullfinch Pyrrhula leucogenys 306
115 Orange Bullfinch Pyrrhula aurantiaca 306
116 Red-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythrocephala 307
117 Beavan's Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca 308
118 Common Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula 310
119 Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 312
120 Chinese Grosbeak Eophona migratoria 314
121 Japanese Grosbeak Eophona personata 315
122 Black-and-yellow Grosbeak Mycerobas icterioides 317
123 Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis 318
124 Spot-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas melanozanthos 319
125 White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes 320
126 Evening Grosbeak Hesperiphona vespertinus 321
127 Hooded Grosbeak Hesperiphona abeillei 323
128 Gold-naped Finch Pyrrhop/ectes epauletta 324
ESTRILDIDAE
129 Flowerpecker Weaver-finch Parmoptila woodhousei 325
130 Red-fronted Flowerpecker Weaver-finch Parmoptila rubrifrons 326
131 White-breasted Negro-finch Nigrita fusconota 326
132 Chestnut-breasted Negro-finch Nigrita bicolor 327
133 Pale-fronted Negro-finch Nigrita luteifrons 328
134 Grey-headed Negro-finch Nigrita canicapilla 329
135 Fernando Po Olive-back Nesocharis shelleyi 330
136 White-collared Olive-back Nesocharis ansorgei 331
137 Grey-headed Olive-back Nesocharis capistrata 331
138 Crimson-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera 332
139 Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica 333
140 Orange-winged Pytilia Pytilia afra 334
141 Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba 335
142 Green-backed Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula 336
143 Red-faced Crimson-wing Cryptospiza reichenovii 337
144 Ethiopian Crimson-wing Cryptospiza salvadorii 338
145 Dusky Crimson-wing Cryptospiza jacksoni 339
146 Shelley's Crimson-wing Cryptospiza shelleyi 340
147 Crimson Seedcracker Pyrenestes sanguineus 341
148 Black-bellied Seedcracker Pyrenestes ostrinus 342
149 Lesser Seedcracker Pyrenestes minor 343
150 Grant's Bluebill Spermophaga poliogenys 344
151 Western Bluebill Spermophaga haernatina 345
152 Red-headed Bluebill Spermophaga ruficapiiia 346
153 Brown Twinspot Clytospiza monteiri 347
154 Rosy Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus 348
155 Peters's Twinspot Hypargos niveoguttatus 349
156 Dybowski's Dusky Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii 350
157 Dusky Twinspot Euschistospiza cinereovinacea 351
158 Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara 352
159 Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta 353
160 Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula 354
161 Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala 354
162 African Firefinch Lagonosticta rubricata 356
163 Pale-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta landanae 357
164 Jameson's Firefinch Lagonosticta rhodopareia 358
165 Kulikoro Firefinch Lagonosticta virata 359
166 Black-faced Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata 360
167 Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus angolensis 361
168 Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus bengalus 362
169 Blue-capped Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus cyanocephalus 363
170 Common Grenadier Uraeginthus granatina 364
171 Purple Grenadier Uraeginthus ianthinogaster 365
172 Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens 366
173 Black-tailed Waxbill Estrilda perreini 367
174 Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis 367
175 Yellow-bellied Waxbill Estrilda melanotis 368
176 Anambra Waxbill Estrilda poliopareia 369
177 Fawn-breasted Waxbill Estrilda paludicola 370
178 Orange-cheeked Waxbill Estrilda melpoda 371
179 Crimson-rumped Waxbill Estrilda rhodopyga 371
180 Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba 372
181 Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes 373
182 Common Waxbill Estrilda astriid 374
183 Black-faced Waxbill Estrilda nigriloris 375
184 Black-crowned Waxbill Estrilda nonnula 376
185 Black-headed Waxbill Estrilda atricapilla 377
186 Black-cheeked Waxbill Estrilda erythronotos 378
187 Red Munia Amandava amandava 379
188 Green Munia Amandava formosa 380
189 Zebra Waxbill Amandava subflava 381
190 African Quailfinch Ortygospiza atricollis 382
191 Black-chinned Quailfinch Ortygospiza gabonensis 383
192 Locust Finch Ortygospiza locustella 384
193 Red-browed Firetail Aegintha temporalis 385
194 Painted Finch Emblema picta 386
195 Beautiful Firetail Emblema belia 387
196 Red-eared Firetail Emblema oculata 388
197 Diamond Firetail Emblema guttata 388
198 Crimson-sided Mountain Finch Oreostruthus fuliginosus 389
199 Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton 390
200 Star Finch Neochmia ruficauda 391
201 Zebra Finch Poephila guttata 392
202 Double-barred Finch Poephila bichenovii 393
203 Masked Finch Poephila personata 394
204 Long-tailed Finch Poephila acuticauda 395
205 Black-throated Finch Poephila cincta 396
206 Green-tailed Parrotfinch Erythrura hyperythra 397
207 Pin-tailed Parrotfinch Erythrura prasina 398
208 Green-faced Parrotfinch Erythrura viridifacies 399
209 Three-coloured Parrotfinch Erythrura tricolor 400
210 Mount Katanglad Parrotfinch Erythrura coloria 400
211 Blue-faced Parrotfinch Erythrura trichroa 401
212 Papuan Parrotfinch Erythrura papuana 402
213 Red-throated Parrotfinch Erythrura psittacea 403
214 Red-headed Parrotfinch Erythrura cyaneovirens 403
215 Pink-billed Parrotfinch Erythrura kleinschmidti 405
216 Gouldian Finch Chloebia gouldiae 406
217 Plum-headed Finch Aidemosyne modesta 407
218 Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica 408
219 African Silverbill Lonchura cantans 409
220 Grey-headed Silverbill Lonchura griseicapilla 410
221 Madagascar Munia Lonchura nana 410
222 Bronze Mannikin Lonchura cucullata 411
223 Black-and-white Mannikin Lonchura bicolor 412
224 Magpie Mannikin Lonchura fringilloides 413
225 White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata 414
226 Javan Munia Lonchura leucogastroides 415
227 Dusky Munia Lonchura fuscans 416
228 Moluccan Munia Lonchura molucca 417
229 Spotted Munia Lonchura punctulata 417
230 Rufous-bellied Munia Lonchura kelaarti 419
231 White-bellied Munia Lonchura leucogastra 420
232 Streak-headed Mannikin Lonchura tristissima 421
233 White-spotted Mannikin Lonchura leucosticta 421
234 Chestnut-and-white Mannikin Lonchura quinticolor 422
235 Chestnut Munia Lonchura malacca 423
236 White-headed Munia Lonchura maja 425
237 Pale-headed Munia Lonchura pallida 425
238 Great-billed Mannikin Lonchura grandis 426
239 Grey-banded Mannikin Lonchura vana 427
240 Grey-headed Mannikin Lonchura caniceps 428
241 Grey-crowned Mannikin Lonchura nevermanni 428
242 New Britain Mannikin Lonchura spectabilis 429
243 New Ireland Mannikin Lonchura forbesi 430
244 Hunstein's Munia Lonchura hunsteini 431
245 Yellow-rumped Mannikin Lonchura flaviprymna 432
246 Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lonchura castaneothorax 432
247 Black Mannikin Lonchura stygia 434
248 Grand Valley Mannikin Lonchura teerinki 434
24 Alpine Mannikin Lonchura monticola 435
250 Snow Mountain Mannikin Lonchura montana 436
251 Thick-billed Munia Lonchura melaena 436
252 Pictorella Finch Lonchura pectoralis 437
253 Timor Dusky Sparrow Padda fuscata 438
254 Java Sparrow Padda oryzivora 439
255 Red-headed Finch Amadina erythrocephala 440
256 Cut-throat Finch Amadina fasciata 441
PASSERIDAE
257 Saxaul Sparrow Passer ammodendri 442
258 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 443
259 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 446
260 Sind Jungle Sparrow Passer pyrrhonotus 448
261 Somali Sparrow Passer castanopterus 449
262 Cinnamon Sparrow Passer rutilans 450
263 Pegu Sparrow Passer flaveolus 451
264 Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus 452
265 Rufous Sparrow Passer motitensis 453
266 Iago Sparrow Passer iagoensis 455
267 Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus 456
268 Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus 458
269 Swainson's Sparrow Passer swainsonii 459
270 Parrot-billed Sparrow Passer gongonensis 459
271 Swahili Sparrow Passer suahelicus 460
272 Southern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer diffusus 461
273 Desert Sparrow Passer simplex 462
274 Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 463
275 Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus 465
276 Arabian Golden Sparrow Passer euchlorus 466
277 Chestnut Sparrow Passer eminibey 467
278 Pale Rock Sparrow Petronia brachydactyla 468
279 Yellow-throated Sparrow Petronia xanthocollis 469
280 Yellow-spotted Petronia Petronia pyrgita 470
281 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia 471
282 Southern Yellow-throated Sparrow Petronia superciliaris 473
283 Bush Petronia Petronia dentata 474
284 Snow Finch Montiffingilia nivalis 475
285 Adams's Snow Finch Montiffingilla adamsi 476
286 Mandelli's Snow Finch Montiffingilla taczanowskii 477
287 Pere David's Snow Finch Montiffingifla davidiana 478
288 Red-necked Snow Finch Montifringilla ruficollis 479
289 Blanford's Snow Finch Montifringilla blanfordi 480
290 Theresa's Snow Finch Montiffingilla theresae 481
Glossary 483
Bibliography 485
Index 494

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