|Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
|Dezadeash Lake, Yukon, Canada
The Dark-eyed Junco is distributed throughout most of Canada and the USA and into northern Mexico. It breeds more to the north and west and migrates southwards in the winter.
|This sparrow has very variable plumage and, on this basis, used to be divided into 4 species. These birds belong to the Oregon Junco group and I suspect, from the dull colouration that they are females. All birds have a darkish head, sometimes black, and a pale to whitish belly. The bill is yellow and the white outer tail feathers are conspicuous in flight as can be seen in photo 3.|
|There is a distribution map at NatureServe and more
information is available via Avibase. There is an excellent National
The song is a musical trill on one pitch.
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