LeConte's Sparrow

Ammospiza leconteii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

New-World-Sparrows-andTowhees-(Passerellidae)

Code 4

LCSP

Code 6

AMMLEC

ITIS

Egg Color:

Pale gray with brown spots



Number of Eggs:

3 - 5



Incubation Days:

12 - 13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

On ground, near water.



Nest Material:

Lined with plant material., Grass, rushes, and stems.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

LeConte's Sparrow: Small sparrow with brown-streaked back, brown-streaked gray nape, pale gray underparts with streaks on sides, and pale yellow breast. Head is flat with brown stripes. Face is pale yellow-orange with gray cheeks. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is duller, lacks nape patch, and has pale brown median cap stripe. Name changed in 2017 from Le Conte's Sparrow to LeConte's Sparrow.

Range and Habitat

LeConte's Sparrow: Breeds from the southern Northwest Territories and central Quebec south to northern Montana, Minnesota, and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Spends winters in the southeastern states from Texas to North Carolina. Prefers moist grasslands and boggy meadows; stays on dry fields in winter.

Breeding and Nesting

LeConte's Sparrow: Three to five brown spotted, pale gray eggs, are laid in a nest made of grass, rushes, and stems, and lined with fine plant materials. Incubation ranges from 12 to 13 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

LeConte's Sparrow: Feeds primarily on insects, seeds, and spiders. Walks and runs on the ground while foraging.

Vocalization

LeConte's Sparrow: Weak, insect-like song, a series of "buzz" sounds. Call note is a thin "tsip."

Similar Species

LeConte's Sparrow: Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows have solid gray napes.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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