LeConte’s Sparrow

Ammodramus leconteii

LeConte's Sparrow


These sparrows have a mottled brown back with a white belly and crown stripe, an orange-yellow eye stripe and collar.

Range & Habitat

They breed in wet grasslands and meadows throughout Quebec, Ontario and the prairie provinces and northern states, and over-winter in dry fields of the south-eastern US.

Diet & Behaviour

LeConte’s sparrows eat insects and seeds, and if you try to catch one they are more likely to run rather than fly away!

Lifecycle & Threats

Because LeConte’s sparrows lay their three to five eggs in nests on or near the ground, the nests are sometimes in danger of flooding and some farm activities of wetland crops.


COSEWIC: Not at Risk
CDC: Yellow

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Photo: Andy Sewell