Living Bird Magazine
LeConte's SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
A small, orange-faced sparrow of wet grasslands and grassy meadows, the LeConte's Sparrow is difficult to see because of its secretive nature. On the breeding grounds it usually sings from concealed perches and in the winter it rarely remains in the open for more than a second.More ID Info
- Chingolo de Leconte (Spanish)
- Bruant de LeConte (French)
- Cool Facts
- Although the LeConte's Sparrow was first discovered in 1790, the first nest was not found until nearly 100 years later.
- The LeConte's Sparrow is an elusive bird that stays hidden in dense grass, often running along the ground. It is most easily seen and studied when flushed from its hiding spot. Birds on the wintering ground usually flush when the observer is less than 3 meters (10 ft) away, and often when less than 1 meter (3 ft) away. Not infrequently it will fly only after an observer has actually passed it and paused.
- Few LeConte's Sparrows have ever been banded. Of the 355 banded between 1967 and 1984, none was ever recovered.
- The oldest recorded LeConte's Sparrow was at least 4 years, 1 month old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in 2007 in Michigan, the same state where it had been banded in 2003.