LeConte's sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION

  • Length: 4.25 inches

  • Large, conical bill

  • Large, flat head

  • Short tail

  • Orange face surrounding gray cheek

  • Black eye line becoming T-shaped behind eye

  • Black crown with narrow, whitish crown stripe

  • Gray nape with purple streaks

  • Buffy breast and sides

  • Sides finely streaked

  • White belly and undertail coverts

  • Brown wing coverts

  • Dark and light streaking on back

  • Sexes similar

  • Juvenile plumage (summer, sometimes fall) similar to adult but duller    without nape patch and with buff central crown stripe

  • Found in marshes and fields

Similar species:

The LeConte's sparrow is similar to the sharp-tailed sparrows but has a
white central crown stripe and purplish streaks on the nape.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Grassland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 12-13(?) days
Days to Fledge:?
Number of Broods:?
Diet: Mostly insects and seeds

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
     U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
            numbers.
     O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
            sometimes low numbers.
     R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
     Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
      Su - Summer: June, July, August
      Fall: September, October, November
Acc

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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