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Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis


Chubby little sparrows that spend most of their time hopping around the ground looking for food. They vary in colors across the country, this one being brownish gray with a black head.


Slightly forested area


Thank you to Robert for the verification :)

1 species ID suggestions


robert emond
robert emond a year ago

No I've never seen the Latin terminology extend beyond the species ID. It would be classified as Junco hyemalis. There are about 5 subspecies of Juncos that haven't been classified as separate species yet.

EmmyLeeAnne a year ago

So it would be a Junco hyemalis Oreganus?

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Your spotting is actually the Oregon subspecies of the Dark-eyed Junco.

EmmyLeeAnne a year ago

Thank you :D

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Good guess :) I live in South GA and this has been a nemesis for me. This will be the year ;)

Washington, USA

Lat: 47.21, Long: -122.50

Spotted on Dec 5, 2017
Submitted on Dec 5, 2017

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