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Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, California, USA, 31 October 2017
Ammospiza leconteii

Ammodramus leconteii


10·5–12·5 cm (4-5 in)

  • Brown-streaked back
  • Brown-streaked grey nape
  • Pale grey underparts with streaks on sides
  • Yellow breast
  • Black-capped, flat head
  • Whitish median line
  • Bright ochre supercilium
  • Yellowish-orange face
  • Grey cheeks
  • Black eye-line forming a T behind eye
  • Spike-like rectrices in short tail

Sexes are similar
Juvenile is duller, lacks nape patch, and has pale brown median cap stripe

Similar Species

Can be told from Nelson's Sparrow by whitish, not gray median crown stripe, faint purple streaks on nape, stronger eyering and lack of dark lateral throat stripes.


Central Canada and United States. Vagrant east and west of range.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist or wet grasslands and boggy meadows, sometimes mixed with cat-tail.



There is little detailed information available. During the breeding season they eat seeds and also insects and their larva.


Monogamous, breeding from May to August. Again, little information available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)
  3. What Bird
  4. BF Member observations

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