Dark-Eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Juncos are members of the sparrow family. The Dark-eyed Junco group has fifteen members (subspecies), including seven Oregon subspecies, the State Colored, the Pink-Sided, and others. In the western and north-eastern USA they are resident year round, but in the far north (Canada and Alaska) you will only find them in the summer, while in the Great Plains and much of the Southwestern USA only find them in winter.

The gallery below shows some juncos I’ve met during my travels to Alaska, Canada, Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, and across California. If you are traveling through potential junco habitat, keep an eye out for small sparrow-like birds flying up from the ground and into any nearby trees. If you notice a white inverted “V” on a dark tail, you can bet they are juncos.

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