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Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis


Had a nice surprise at the feeders today. A piebald junco! These birds are normally dark gray with a white underside (females being slight lighter, often a brownish gray color). We see them in large groups here every winter.


Piebalding is a form of partial leucism, but is an entirely different gene. True leucistics are entirely white with no pigment whatsoever, and often have blue or very light colored eyes, though they may also be normally colored.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Liam 6 years ago
Dark-eyed Junco (leucistic)
Junco hyemalis Dark-eyed Junco - BirdForum Opus
Snow Bunting
Plectrophenax nivalis

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alphashadowdragon 5 years ago

Awesome! I had a ton of these in my backyard last year, but one were white! (I wish I had seen a white one)

LarryGraziano 6 years ago

Nice spotting!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

What a gorgeous little bird!! Great spotting!!

rams4d 6 years ago

White predominates, congrats !!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

What a sweet little bird, and a lovely photograph. Beautiful soft light and textures. A wonderful spotting of a bird I've not seen before.

Jellis 6 years ago

Very pretty for a leucistic

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

My first thought was Dark-red Junco as well.

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New York, USA

Spotted on Dec 30, 2013
Submitted on Dec 30, 2013

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