Grass­land spar­rows

Houston Chronicle - - STAR -

Spar­rows are in the Em­ber­izidae bird fam­ily that in­cludes towhees and jun­cos.

Win­ter mi­grants in­habit prairies, wood­land parks and back­yards.

Diet in­cludes grass seeds, in­sects, spi­ders and cater­pil­lars.

Back­yards with bird feed­ers may host chip­ping spar­rows feed­ing on the ground.

Shrubs in lo­cal parks may host white-throated or white­crowned spar­rows.

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