LeConte’s Sparrow / Ammospiza leconteii

LeConte\'s Sparrow / Ammospiza leconteii

LeConte's Sparrow

SCI Name:  Ammospiza leconteii
Protonym:  Emberiza le conteii BirdsAm.[8vo] [8vo], 7 p.338 pl.488 ydP
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Passerellidae /
Taxonomy Code:  lecspa
Type Locality:  prairies of upper Missouri River.
Publish Year:  1844
IUCN Status:  


(Passerellidae; Saltmarsh Sparrow A. caudacuta) Gr. αμμος ammos  sand; σπιζα spiza  finch  < σπιζω spizō  to chirp; "Since the term Ammodramus Swainson belongs to Coturniculus, as already shown, another name is required for the group to which the former has been applied, and as there is none such available, it may be called Ammospiza, from αμ,μος [sic] harena, and σπιζα, fringilla,  with Oriolus caudacutus Gmelin as the type." (Oberholser 1905); "Ammospiza Oberholser, Smiths. Misc. Coll., 48, p. 68, May 13, 1905—new name for Ammodramus Swainson, Dec., 1827, preoccupied." (Hellmayr, 1938, Cat. Birds Americas, Pt. XI, p. 504) (see Ammodramus).
Synon. Ammodramus, Passerina.

lecontei / leconteii / lecontii
● Lt.-Col. Dr John Lawrence LeConte (1825-1883) US Army surgeon, entomologist, biologist, collector in North America (Ammodramus, Ispidina, Toxostoma).
● Prof. Dr Joseph LeConte (1823-1901) US geologist, conservationist (syn. Dryobates pubescens).