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Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis


Small bird with buff coloring and white wing and tail tips.


This small bird was sighted with a flock of sparrows at my backyard feeder. Our property is farm land with lots of prairie grasses and woodlands full of cedars.


Thank you to everyone on project Noah that helped me identify this beautiful little bird.

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bee.jacbs 11 years ago

It was a good challenge. :) Keep up the great spottings! Love the Meadowlark picture as well!

Ajwerko 11 years ago

Thank you Jakubko. I had lots of help from project Noah to identify it.

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Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Beautiful first spotting, Ajwerko! Welcome to Project Noah!

Ajwerko 11 years ago

Thank you Liam. I appreciate the information.

Liam 11 years ago

Neat bird, by the way.

Liam 11 years ago

It's definitely leucistic.
Bill size and shape suggests Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis, over Field or Tree Sparrow, I believe.

Ajwerko 11 years ago

Thank you for your comment Tom. I appreciate the help.

Tom15 11 years ago

I agree with bee.jacbs, that this is a leucistic Dark-eyed Junco.
Nice spot and photo!

Ajwerko 11 years ago

Thanks for the information Antonio. I didn't know that about the missions. I'll have to make sure I qualify.

Ajwerko 11 years ago

Thank you for your comment Bee. I
just joined today and am still learning how this forum works. I appreciate the help I'm getting on identifying this bird.

Great capture Ajwerko,very interesting spotting ,congrats,thanks for sharing and welcome to Project Noah :-)
I hope you like the site us much we do,there are many features you can explore,first you should read the where you have all the "rules" of Project Noah :-)
You have also a blog where we post articles from our best specialists in the diferents areas and also storys of wildlife "adventures" from our most knowened users.
There are also the chats for elp in the id process and to comment your's and other's spottings.
Attention when join local missions they have a range that is in the mission map,see first that before only can submit spotting in a mission if the photos where taken inside the mission range.
Enjoy your self,see you arround :-)

bee.jacbs 11 years ago

Very nice spotting. Thanks for sharing!

Based on bill color, shape, and normal amount of color variations I would say this is more likely to be a dark-eyed junco then a sparrow, but that is just my guess.

AshleyT 11 years ago

Liam is the bird expert on Noah, he will know what it is :)
He will probably be on later today. What ever it is, it is pretty cool looking!

Ajwerko 11 years ago

Thank you for your comments. I have had some people tell me it's a leucistic sparrow and others say its a leucistic junco or even a pale sparrow. I am not an experienced bird watcher so I don't know how to tell a junco from a sparrow except for the color, otherwise they look the same to me.

Jellis 11 years ago

By the faint markings it could be a Leucistic Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

mark.rodney.gardner 11 years ago


ChristyHolland 11 years ago

I almost thought it was a junco but I've never seen one that light! Could be a leucistic form. Very cute bird, though! Welcome to Project Noah!

Jellis 11 years ago

Could be a situation like this.

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Kansas, USA

Spotted on Feb 25, 2013
Submitted on Feb 28, 2013

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