Sunday, November 18, 2018

Dark-eyed Junco

A Dark-eyed Junco by any other name. Image taken at our Northfield bird feeder on 12 November 2018. Actually, due to their confusing and often controversial systematics, juncos go by a bushel basket-full of names. Until relatively recently, this race was thought to be a distinct species, the Slate-colored Junco. An old folk name used by Audubon and still by many non-birders is Snow Bird. The word “junco” is Latin for “rush,” an odd name for a bird that prefers woodlands to marshes.

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