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13-15 cm. Crown has 2 rusty stripes; gray eyebrow. Buff band, finely streaked with black, across upper breast.
Nests across the boreal zone of Canada and the northern United States, south in the western mountains to Arizona and southern California. Winters southern United States to Mexico and northern Central America.
Three subspecies are recognized:
Brushy bogs, willow or alder thickets
They lay 4 or 5 pale green eggs, heavily spotted with brown, in a cup of grass well concealed in forest undergrowth.
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