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This large family of small seed-eating birds includes over 325 species found on all continents except Australia and Antarctica. Many of the buntings and sparrows in this family are streaked brown, but finches like cardinals can be brightly colored. Bills can be cone-shaped or simply very thick.

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. "Emberizidae" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed May 18, 2024 at

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