Lincoln's Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii
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Length: 6 in. (15 cm )
A skulking and often difficult to see species, the Lincoln\s Sparrow winters commonly in low shrubby areas often along riparian areas and near water. Here it feeds almost exclusively on seeds. In the summer it nests in coniferous forest bogs and wet meadows. The nest is a shallow depression in a moist grassy or mossy tussock and lined with grass and hair. The nestlings are fed insects.'

The four-digit banding code is LISP.

Fir forest

Riparian / River forest

Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Lincoln's Sparrow
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: November 23, 2022
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