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A Dark-eyed Junco in my backyard in northeast Iowa. USA
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Dark-eyed Junco
Junco hyemalis ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: EMBERIZIDAE

Dark-eyed Junco Photo
Dark-eyed Juncos are neat, even flashy little sparrows that flit about forest floors of the western mountains and Canada, then flood the rest of North America for winter. They’re easy to recognize by their crisp (though extremely variable) markings and the bright white tail feathers they habitually flash in flight. One of the most abundant forest birds of North America, you’ll see juncos on woodland walks as well as in flocks at your feeders or on the ground beneath them.

Size & Shape
The Dark-eyed Junco is a medium-sized sparrow with a rounded head, a short, stout bill and a fairly long, conspicuous tail.

Color Pattern
Juncos vary across the country, but in general they’re dark gray or brown birds brightened up by a pink bill and white outer tail feathers that periodically flash open, particularly in flight.

Behavior
Dark-eyed Juncos are birds of the ground. They hop around the bases of trees and shrubs in forests or venture out onto lawns looking for fallen seeds. You’ll often hear their high chip notes, given almost absent-mindedly while foraging, or intensifying as they take short, low flights through cover.

Habitat
Dark-eyed Juncos breed in coniferous or mixed-coniferous forests across Canada, the western U.S., and in the Appalachians. During winter you’ll find them in open woodlands, fields, parks, roadsides, and backyards.

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Comments

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 2 years ago

    This is sooo beautiful! I have missed your work!

  • Hi, Kristi!!! Thank you so much!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous, Lori. I just love these little round birds.

  • Thank you, Dot!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.almost 2 years ago

    This is beautifyl, fabulous shot!

  • Thanks, Nicole!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • branko stanic
    branko stanicalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot…

  • Thank you so much!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful closeup of this little one, I haven’t seen many of these this winter.

  • Lots of them here . . . I find them difficult to capture properly!!
    Thank you, Byron & Julie!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertalmost 2 years ago

    Such a lovely capture:-)))

  • Thanks, Brenda!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Nice one, and well documented Lorilee.

  • Thank you so much, Larry!!

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 2 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you, Rick!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely angle….looks as if she was posing for a portrait!

  • Thanks, Lynn!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 2 years ago

    Be still my heart! What a cutie pie this little one is! Excellent capture, Lori!

  • Thank you so much, Karen!!

    – lorilee

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