Significance to humans

Those species specializing on the seeds of cultivated grains may reach pest status, but otherwise the birds have little im pact on man. Some sparrows take over the nest and nest sites of other species and may affect their numbers, particularly when suitable sites are limited.

1. Rock sparrow (Petronia petronia); 2. House sparrow (Passer domesticus); 3. Golden sparrow (Passer luteus); 4. Tree sparrow (Passer mon-tanus); 5. Père David's ground sparrow (Pyrgilauda davidiana); 6. Snow finch (Montifringilla nivalis); 7. Pale rock sparrow (Carpospiza brachy-dactyla); 8. Southern rufous sparrow (Passer motitensis). (Illustration by Amanda Humphrey)

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