They can be found in southern Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America, Columbia, and Ecuador. The species is endangered in the Andes of Columbia and Ecuador. Species from the north migrate to the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. They inhabit grasslands and marshes.
Height is 10- 14 cm. Wing span is 17.5 cm. Plumage: The upper body is streaked with brown, grey, black and white. They have a light brown breast, a white belly and a short brown tail. Their face is light brown with an eye ring and a dark brown area on the crown with a central narrow light stripe. Bird’s appearance can vary by location.
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