Photography of Birds – Set # 144

Set # 144

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Adults have dark-streaked olive-brown upperparts with a light brown breast with fine streaks, a white belly, and a white throat. They have a brown cap with a grey stripe in the middle, olive-brown wings, and a narrow tail. Their face is grey with brown cheeks, a brown line through the eye, and an eye ring. They are somewhat similar in appearance to the song sparrow.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

The sparrow species derives its name from its colorful repertoire of songs. Enthusiasts report that one of the songs heard often in suburban locations closely resembles the opening four notes of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The male uses a fairly complex song to declare ownership of its territory and attract females.
Singing itself consists of a combination of repeated notes, quickly passing isolated notes, and trills. The songs are very crisp, clear, and precise, making them easily distinguishable by human ears. A particular song is determined not only by pitch and rhythm but also by the timbre of the trills. Although one bird will know many songsβ€”as many as 20 different tunes with as many as 1000 improvised variations on the basic theme, unlike thrushes, the song sparrow usually repeats the same song many times before switching to a different song.

Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

12 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 144

  1. Thanks for the comparison, H.J. It got me to thinking I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Lincoln’s Sparrow sing – I certainly have seen them. I just listened to the song. I’ll try to start training my ears to hear it. πŸ™‚

    • It’s my opinion that the birds of the East had a good year. However, I can’t say the same for the birds of the West. The forest fires, unfortunately have taken many of their lives.
      Thank you very much, Tanja. πŸ™‚

      • I’m afraid you are right, H. J. It’s heartbreaking to think about how many birds and other animals have lost their lives in the fires and other natural disasters. 😒
        Take care,

  2. Is it just me, or does Lincoln’s Sparrow actually resemble the erstwhile US president of the same name? πŸ˜€

    Lovely images again, H.J, and I always appreciate the interesting facts you share along with the photo’s.

    • This bird was named by the famous Audubon after his friend, Thomas Lincoln, of Dennysville, Maine. Thank you, my friend. πŸ™‚

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