What Does Your Dark-eyed Junco Look Like?

A hymn:
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
And live rejoicing every day:
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!
1973 meant the death to a lot of birds.  The blame rests on the American Ornithology Union.  This was the year when several birds were no longer considered individual species because of studies and scientific stuff I cannot even begin to fathom. They were lumped together.

Some of the victims were various Juncos.  They were plopped into one species called “Dark-eyed Junco”.   As a consolation, they still were considered groups within the species.

Most common in the eastern portion of North America is this fellow.  This was the first Junco we were introduced to.

Slate-colored Junco

In the Western part of North America, this fellow is often seen. He is a rare find in the east, but not unheard of.

Oregon Junco

What a thrill to see one of these again.  We had been lacking in Junco sightings for awhile.  But the snow brought them in.

Categories: bird facts, Juncos

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2 thoughts on “What Does Your Dark-eyed Junco Look Like?

  1. We haven’t seen the Oregon in awhile, but birds do move about in an area. We are blessed with around a dozen Slate-colored Juncos, male and female. For awhile, we only had males.

  2. This post gets a lot of hits from people wondering, what does a junco look like?

    I am glad I put this one up because that phrase used to take people to “What Does A Startled Junco Look Like?” The reason for that post is the moment before I pushed the button, BAM! a child dropped a toy, giving me and the Junco right outside of the window a bit of a jolt.