Lincoln's Sparrow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The Lincoln's Sparrow is a medium-sized sparrow with a dainty appearance. It has a rounded belly and head, but the back of its head often looks pointed or crested when it raises its crown feathers. Its tail is relatively short and its conical bill is a bit thinner compared to most other sparrows.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Wilson's Warbler, smaller than a Song Sparrow.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.1-5.9 in (13-15 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz (17-19 g)
      • Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in (19-22 cm)