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Dark-eyed Junco ~ Red-backed Subspecies

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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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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