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'Gray-headed' ('red-backed') 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 'gray-headed' race, which breeds in the southern Rocky Mountains; some of these may be 'red-backed' juncos (breeding in southern Arizona and New Mexico).   All juncos are forest birds that nest on the ground and often form loose flocks (with multiple races) in winter.  These were photographed in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada and in southeastern Arizona.  Other pages show the 'slate-colored' and 'Oregon' and 'pink-sided' races, and also a related species, the yellow-eyed junco.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7DII; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2011, 2015, 2016, 2019)