Dark-eyed Junco ~ Red-backed Subspecies by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Madera Canyon March 2010 with a Canon Powershot SX10IS

One of the most variable of all American birds, Dark-eyes Junco is a familiar sparrow across the continent, rare only in subtropical areas of Florida and Texas.

Dark-eyed nests in a wide variety of forest habitats, usually coniferous or mixed woodlands that have open ground for foraging; its pleasant, trilling song echos into midday.

This species’ tolerance for harsh weather allows it to return to nesting areas early and to leave highland and boreal habitats later than most species.

Red-backed Junco is one of Six different subspecies (called “types”) of Dark-eye Junco that breed in North America. They are similar to Gray-headed, nests and winters in the mountains of Central Arizona and New Mexico and also winters in western Texas.

VOICE Song of all types a rich trill on one pitch, like Chipping Sparrow but not so dry. Call a short, flat thtp, similar to a hummingbird call.

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  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsabout 5 years ago

    excellent shot Kimberly, would love to see one of these

  • Thank you Michael. There was a dark headed subspecies out there as well but too far for my lens to get a clear shot. He was gorgeous!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 5 years ago

    super capture

  • Thank you Robert…..☼

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 5 years ago

    He’s a pretty little fella! Lovely details, Kimberly! ;o)

  • Thank you my friend~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    An interesting bird – our juncoes are Slate-Colored; pretty birds but with no paint splashes like this guy.

  • That is coo, the slate color is another subspecies of the Dark-eyed Juncos. Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Neat capture of this junco, so different from the ones we see, and very interesting read…inst fave for me as well!!!

  • Thank you Larry for the fave and support my friend. I hope you are well darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    excellent capture Kimberly

  • Thank you Kathy very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Well captured against the contrasting background.

  • I appreciate that Trish as always!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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