5-6" (13-15 cm). Resembles Song Sparrow, but more slender; tail shorter; face grayer; breast buff with much finer streaks. Eyebrow and sides of neck gray; cheek brownish with buff mustache; narrow eye-ring white.
Similar Species- Song Sparrow, immature Swamp Sparrow
Trilling that starts with low passages, rises abruptly, then drops.
Breeds across portions of Alaska and Canada, south to southwestern U.S., central Minnesota, and New England. Winters from southern U.S., south regularly to Honduras, and casually to central Panama.
Found in bogs, wet meadows, riparian thickets, shrubby forest edges, marshes, and brushy fields. Idaho study found Lincoln's Sparrows preferred wet, short-willow communities for breeding.
Forages on ground. Builds cup-shaped nest on ground. One study reported breeding territory of about 0.4 ha. Species possibly competes with Song Sparrow when breeding territories overlap.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
Douglas, D.C., J.T. Ratti, R.A. Black, and J.R. Alldredge. 1992. Avian habitat associations in riparian zones of Idaho's Centennial Mountains. Wilson Bull. 104:485- 500.