LeConte’s Sparrow

Basic Description

LeConte’s Sparrow is a small, elusive bird found in North America. It measures around 5-6 inches in length and weighs around 15g. This bird has a distinctive appearance with its reddish-brown streaked back, gray head with a pale stripe above its eye, and white belly.

Where To Find This Bird

The LeConte’s Sparrow is primarily found during winter months in the southern parts of the United States such as Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. During breeding season it can be found further north across Canada reaching up to Alaska.


These birds prefer to inhabit grasslands that are still wet from recent rainfall. They can also be seen near marshes or wet meadows where they find ideal nesting sites within dense vegetation such as sedges or rushes.


During winters they feed on seeds of grasses including rushes and sedges while Insects make for their main diet throughout the breeding season. Like many other sparrows these birds forage on the ground under cover of tall grasses for insects.

Cool Facts

LeConte’s Sparrows have several interesting characteristics worth noting:

  • Their scientific name Ammodramus leconteii honors John Eatton Le Conte – an American naturalist who discovered this bird.
  • This species doesn’t build nests but instead lays eggs directly onto ground covered by dense vegetations like sedge tussocks.
  • Males sing with high pitched buzzing notes which are difficult to hear unless you’re close-by.
  • Their populations are declining due to loss of habitats especially during migration when stopover habitats along flyways become scarce leaving them vulnerable to predators or development.

In conclusion, LeConte’s Sparrow is a small bird with unique features that can be spotted in many parts of North America. You may need to have keen eyes and ears to spot them though since they prefer habitats covered by tall grasses or sedges. Take the chance to observe their foraging behaviors as they search for insects on the ground and listen out for their high-pitched buzzing notes during breeding season. Remember these birds are part of our natural heritage so let’s protect them by conserving their habitats wherever possible!