Nelson's Sparrow Identification

Adult Description

  • Small, stocky songbird.
  • Orange-yellow face.
  • Gray ear patch.
  • Smudgy streaks on breast and flanks.
  • Short, rounded tail with pointed tail feathers.

Immature Description

Juvenile orangish all over, with a few black streaks on sides of chest.
Relative Size

Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
    • Weight: 0.7-0.7 oz (19-21 g)
    • Wingspan: 7.9 in (20 cm)