The Emberizidae are seed-eating birds with a distinctively shaped bill. In Europe, most species are named as buntings. In North America, thay are named sparrows: Includes Buntings, American Sparrows, Juncos, Towhees.
Sparrows are seed-eating birds with conical bills, brown or gray in color, and many species have distinctive head patterns.
Sparrows, in general, comprise a large group of diverse seed-eating birds. With over 70 species, it is the largest and most widespread family in America, occupying nearly every habitat. They have short conical bills; thick at the base for cracking seeds and pointed at the end for picking up fine particles. Many are drab, streaked, brownish birds but males of some such as Cardinals or Grosbeaks are brilliant and boldly marked. Many have beautiful songs.