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Sparrow, common name originally given to about 23 species of a family of passerine birds found in Eurasia. The name was later applied to more than 50 American species of a different family.

The best-known American sparrow is probably the song sparrow, found throughout most of North America. There are nearly 40 subspecies, ranging in length from 12 to 17 cm (4.7 to 6.7 in), with the largest in Alaska and the smallest around San Francisco Bay. Scientific classification: Sparrows belong to the families Passeridae and Emberizidae