Emberizidae Family- 7 genera of sparrows.
Altitudinal migrant in North Central Washington- winters in small flocks in shrub-steppe. Forages on ground, frequents small shrubs. 6 subspecies groups in North America- in Washington, the “Oregon” thurberi subspecies. Forage on open ground, flying into brush when alarmed.
- Mostly small, brown, streaked songbirds.
- All have short conical bills.
- Tend to change diet seasonally (insects in summer, seeds in winter).
- Length 6.25 inches”
Photos used with permission by Rod Gilbert http://www.pbase.com/rodg