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 Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)




Lark Sparrow | Chondestes grammacus photo
Lark Sparrow, The Pond At Elephant Head, Amado, Arizona

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

LARK SPARROW FACTS

Description
The Lark Sparrow is a small bird with distinctive head markings with white or pale brown stripe on the crown bordered by chestnut brown. There are chestnut brown patches on side of the head below the eye. The body is pale brown with some brown pattern. The tail is long and rounded. Male and females are similar in color. Juvenile Lark Sparrow are duller in color and have a streaked breast.

Size
length 14cm - 16cm

Environment
prairies, grassland, farmland, woodland

Food
seeds and insects, especially grasshoppers

Breeding
The females Lark Sparrow lays a clutch of 3-6 eggs which hatch after incubation period of 11 - 12 days. The eggs are usually whitish with brown, black or purple speckles. The nest is a hollow cup-shaped depression on the ground lined with grass and plant stems. The young leave the nest after about 6 - 10 days.

Range
the Lark Sparrow is found across a large part of the United States except east coast and the northwest. Also found in central southern parts of Canada, and much of Mexico. They are found further to the north of the range during the breeding season, and further south in winter.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Emberizidae
Genus:Chondestes
Species:grammacus
Common Name:Lark Sparrow