Lark Sparrow

(Chondestes grammacus)

Conservation Status
Lark Sparrow
Photo by Laurie Wachholz
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

 
  Minnesota

Special Concern

 
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Lark Sparrow 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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

6 in length

11 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
 

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

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open areas with brushy edges, especially sandy areas.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

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

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Rare and local breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)  
 

Genus

Chondestes (lark sparrows)  
       
 

New World sparrows were traditionally combined with buntings into the family Emberizidae. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Barker et al. 2013) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis (Klicka et al. 2014) found that the Old World buntings should be separated as a sister to New World sparrows. New World sparrows have been separated into a new family, Passerellidae.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Eastern Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus grammacus)

Western Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus strigatus)

 
       
 

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Chondestes grammacus Lark sparrow nest w/eggs at TNC Cox Unit.

 
    Lark Sparrow      
 

Laurie Wachholz

 
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  Lark Sparrow
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  Lark Sparrow  
  Lark Sparrow
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
  Lark Sparrow  

 

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Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009

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

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

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

   
  Lark Sparrow
Mike McDowell
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 15, 2010

Lark Sparrow does a subtle display, then takes flight.

   
  Lark Sparrow
Diana Jacobs
 
   
 
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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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  Nancy Falkum
6/16/2022

Location: Weaver Dunes Preserve, Cox Unit

Chondestes grammacus Lark sparrow nest w/eggs at TNC Cox Unit.

Lark Sparrow  
  Nancy Falkum
5/27/2022

Location: Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

 
           
 
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