Significance to humans

Many species of buntings have pretty songs and are popular as cage birds in many parts of the world. Although many species eat substantial numbers of insects that may be agricultural pests, they probably do not destroy insects in sufficient quantities to be of economic significance.

1. Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina); 2. Savannah sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis); 3. Blue-black grassquit (Volatinia jacarina); 4. Lark bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys); 5. Chestnut-capped brush-finch (Atlapetes brunneinucha); 6. Variable seedeater (Sporophila americana); 7. Plumbeous sierra-finch (Phrygilus unicolor); 8. Bachman's sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis); 9. Eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus); 10. Woodpecker finch (Cactospiza pallida). (Illustration by Bruce Worden)

1. Reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus); 2. White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis); 3. Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis); 4. Rock bunting (Emberiza cia); 5. Corn bunting (Miliaria calandra); 6. Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella); 7. Lapland longspur (Calcarius lapponicus); 8. Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis); 9. Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni); 10. Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia); 11. Crested bunting (Melophus lathami). (Illustration by Bruce Worden)

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