Dark-eyed Junco

Once a year, my backyard is visited by Dark-eyed Juncos. I’m always happy to see them, even if it’s a short visit. They are fun to watch, they are very cautious and never challenge other birds, even if the junco is hungry, it waits for the best opportunity to approach a feeder.

If you’re not familiar with this species, please take a read at the following information that I found at © Wikipedia.

The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is the best-known species of the juncos, a genus of small grayish American sparrows. This bird is common across much of temperate North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic. It is a very variable species, much like the related fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

Adults generally have gray heads, necks, and breasts, gray or brown backs and wings, and a white belly, but show a confusing amount of variation in plumage details. The white outer tail feathers flash distinctively in flight and while hopping on the ground. The bill is usually pale pinkish.


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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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13 thoughts on “Dark-eyed Junco

  1. Dark-Eyed Juncos are beautiful and you have captured them so well. We tend to think of them as our harbingers of winter, however I have seen quite a few more with early spring and love to hear their twittering songs. Occasionally somebody sees an Oregon Dark-Eyed Junco somewhere…not me.

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