Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Status in the Checklist Area - (3) Accidental


A large and slender sparrow with bold pattern on the head and a dark spot on the breast. Tail contains an extensive white pattern. A red-listed species whose breeding habitat is restricted in B.C. to the southern interior of the Province. Numbers have been dropping, likely due to loss of breeding habitat. Migratory, winters south to Mexico.

Similar species:
A very distinctive sparrow and not likely to be confused with other bird species.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)
Ministry of Environment, British Columbia

Noteworthy Data
09-Jun-2012 Hope Airport, Hope D. Beeke Adult on private property at the northwest corner of the airport.
30-Jun-2010 Matsqui Prairie, Abbotsford L. Mel Adult coming to feeders. Also seen the next day on July 1. Photographed.
02-Sept-2007 Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Chilliwack B & J Clayton A first winter bird documented by photograph. First sighting on record for the checklist area.
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