New World finches

(Emberizidae)

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Emberizidae

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Small to medium-sized, highly vocal songbirds with short, conical bill and short to medium-length tail; most species have brown, olive, or gray plumage, but many are brightly colored

Size

Number of genera, species

72 genera; 291 species

Habitat

Grasslands, marshes, arctic tundra, alpine meadows, open woodlands, park land, and hedgerows

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 6 species; Endangered: species; Vulnerable: 9 species; Near Threatened: 2 species

Distribution

Practically worldwide; absent from extreme Southeast Asia, Australasia (introduced into New Zealand), and Madagascar

Distribution

Practically worldwide; absent from extreme Southeast Asia, Australasia (introduced into New Zealand), and Madagascar

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