Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow on a dead twig
Lincoln's Sparrow

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 5-6”
Description: Streaky brown, buff, and gray overall with a white belly and rusty edges along the wings and tail. They have a buff colored chest, mustache stripe and eye ring; a dark eyeline mark; and a brown, black and gray striped crown.
Migratory Status: Summer residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Breed in riparian willow shrublands, shrubby meadows and krummholz near streams and marshes to 12,000 feet.
Diet: Forage on the ground and eat insects such as beetles, flies and caterpillars.

Last updated: June 8, 2018

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