Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Flashy gray sparrow.  One of the most common North American birds.  Summers in forests in Canada and Rockies; winters throughout the US in woodlands, fields, roadsides and backyards.  Often in flocks, hopping on ground.  Medium-sized sparrow with dark gray or brown upperparts and pale below; pink bill; flashes white outer-tail feathers in flight; diverse appearance, with 15 races, 6 of them separable in the field.  Seed-eater, with some insects during breeding season.  Usually nests on ground.  Lifespan up to 11 years.   Population ~ 630 million and declining.  


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January 22, 2015