Winter birds: Dark-eyed Junco


Dark-eyed Junco

Junco facts:

  • Juncos vary across the U.S., 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.
  • The Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America and can be found across the continent, from Alaska to Mexico, from California to New York.  A recent estimate set the junco’s total population at approximately 630 million individuals.
  • Dark-eyed Juncos are primarily seed-eaters, but during the breeding season, they also eat insects including beetles, moths, butterflies, caterpillars, ants, wasps, and flies.

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