Lark Sparrow Life History


Habitat GrasslandsBreeds in open habitats, where grass adjoins scattered trees and shrubs, especially in poor or sandy soils. Park-like woodlands, mesquite grasslands, fallow fields with brushy edges, sagebrush.Back to top


Food SeedsInsects and seeds.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

Nest a thick-walled cup of grass, twigs, or weedy stems lined with finer grass or horse hair. Placed on ground or in a shrub or small tree.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:3-6 eggs
Egg Description:Creamy white with dark spots and scrawls.
Condition at Hatching:Eyes closed and some down present.
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Behavior Ground ForagerBack to top


Conservation Low ConcernLark Sparrow declined by about 35% between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 7.5 million, with 91% spending some part of the year in the U.S., and 65% in Mexico. Small numbers may breed in Canada. The species rates a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Lark Sparrow is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


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