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Dark-eyed junco        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Various races of the dark-eyed junco are found over much of North America; they differ in the color of the 'hood' and the sides.   This page shows the northern 'slate-colored' race and the dark-hooded, brown-backed 'Oregon' junco (the streaky juvenile is a slate-colored).   All juncos are forest birds that nest on the ground and often form loose flocks (with multiple races) in winter.  The 'slate-colored' juncos here were photographed near Churchill, Manitoba, in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada, and in Alaska.   The 'Oregon' juncos were photographed in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, California, Great Basin National Park, and southeastern Arizona.  Other pages show the 'gray-headed' and 'pink-sided' races, and also a related species, the yellow-eyed junco.

  • Canon 10D, 1DII, 1D4, or 7DII; 500mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2011, 2015, 2016)