; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of small, agile, brown or yellow birds, one species of which has a black mask, and all of which have finely pointed bills. They inhabit open country with trees and bushes, or reed-beds, feed on insects and seeds, and build elaborate, globular nests with a side entrance. There are four genera, with 10 species, found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and N. and Central America.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.