LeConte's Sparrow Life History


Habitat GrasslandsFound in open habitat, such as marshy meadows, hayfields, open grassy fields, sedge fields, rice stubble, and prairie. In winter prefers grassy areas with vegetation averaging 0.6 meters (2 ft) high.Back to top


Food InsectsSeeds and insects.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

Open cup of fine grasses, lined with grass and hair. Placed in thick clump of dead grass, on or just above ground.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:4-5 eggs
Egg Length:0.6-0.8 in (1.6-2 cm)
Egg Width:0.5-0.6 in (1.2-1.4 cm)
Egg Description:Pale greenish covered in fine brown specks
Condition at Hatching:Helpless with sparse brown down.
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Behavior Ground ForagerUsually forages on the ground, often under cover.Back to top


Conservation Declining

LeConte's Sparrow experienced declines of over 2.5% per year between 1966 and 2015, resulting in a cumulative decline of 73% in that time, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 8 million, with 100% spending some part of the year in the U.S., and 91% breeding in Canada. The species rates a 12 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List.

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Lowther, Peter E. (2005). LeConte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sauer, J. R., D. K. Niven, J. E. Hines, D. J. Ziolkowski Jr., K. L. Pardieck, J. E. Fallon, and W. A. Link (2017). The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966–2015. Version 2.07.2017. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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