Lark Sparrows are generally very easy to identify
due to their very strong facial pattern. While they can occasionally be
found in the Eastern U.S., their preference for open ground with scattered
bushes makes Western U.S. habitats much more favorable for them.
Habitat: Prefers open ground with scattered taller plant, such as grasslands with
brush or hedgerows along farm fields.
Diet: Mostly seeds in the winter, seeds
and many insects in the summer.
Behavior: Gregarious in most seasons, foraging
along the ground in small flocks.
Nesting: May through July
Migration: Summers in much of the central and
western United States and into south-central Canada. Winters in
the extreme southern U.S. and points south. Populations in the extreme
southern U.S. and California are often permanent residents.
Similar Species: Strong facial patterns makes it
Bird Feeders: Will occasionally
attend feeders for some seeds and grains.
Conservation Status: Has declined in the eastern United States
in recent decades due to habitat loss.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Lark Sparrow"
Photo Information: July 3rd, 2005 -- Perry Nature Area
east of Sioux Falls -- Terry Sohl
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