LeConte’s Sparrow

Credit: By Laura Erickson – Own work, CC BY 3.0

LeConte Sparrows are a dull orange with black streaks on their backs and wings. Their belly is white with pale orange across the chest. They also have gray patches on their cheeks and a dark eye line.

  • Ammospiza leconteii
  • Length: 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz (12-16.3 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.3-7.1 in (16-18 cm)


LeConte’s Sparrows breed mainly in Canada and migrate to the south-central US states. They can be seen during migration over the Great Plains.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Le’Conte’s Sparrows on the ground foraging for seeds and insects in dense grassland that is marshy or boggy. Unfortunately, they are so small and shy that they can be hard to spot.

LeConte’s Sparrow Song:


Nests of LeConte’s Sparrows are near the ground, hidden in dead grass and rushes and made from grass. They lay around five eggs which take about ten days to hatch.