Lark Sparrow

(Chondestes grammacus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

Special Concern

Occurrence

Rare and local breeder

Habitat

Open areas with brushy edges, especially sandy areas.

Size

6 in length

11 wingspan


Identification

This bird is identified by its boldly marked head and face. The cheeks and the sides of the crown are chestnut brown. There is a white stripe in the center of the crown, below the eye, and below the cheek; a black line from the bill, through the eye, to above the cheek; and a black line from the bill to below the cheek. The breast is unmarked except for a large dark spot in the center.

 
Voice

A variable, melodious song consisting of clear notes, trills, buzzes, and pauses.

 
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Food

Omnivorous. Feeds on grasshoppers, other insects, and seeds in Breeding season, seeds in non-Breeding season.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes

 

Superfamily:

Passeroidea

 

Family:

Fringillidae

 

Supertribe:

Emberizinae

 

Tribe:

Emberizini

 
Subordinate Taxa

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus grammacus)

Western Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus strigatus)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009

Photographed near Mekinock, North Dakota (25 June 2009).

 
     
  Lark Sparrow (Emberizidae: Chondestes grammacus) Foraging
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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2009

Photographed near Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (24 June 2009).

 
     
  Lark Sparrow
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Uploaded on Jan 15, 2010

Lark Sparrow does a subtle display, then takes flight.

 
     
  Lark Sparrow - Nov. 15, 2010
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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2010

A Lark Sparrow found by Chris Sheirdan on Sat. 11-13-10 at Hampton Beach State Park, NH was still being seen today 11-15-10 just north of the entrance as it foraged close to the road with several Song Sparrows and lots of House Sparrows.

 
     
  Lark Sparrow
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Uploaded on Apr 27, 2009

Song of Lark Sparrow, filmed in Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA.

First part is camcorder video, second part is sound recorded with my cell phone, with overlays of still taked feom preceding video. All the same bird, same location time etc.

 
     

 

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