Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Aves > Passeriformes > Passerellidae
Names in different Languages
Although there are many different subspecies with considerable variety in coloring, the one I spot near Montreal comes very close to the original description as a grey bird with white belly. A sparrow appearing in small flocks picking up food from the ground.
How to Identify
Males have a dark grey head, grey body and white belly. The greyish color, the fact that the species appears usually in a flock and that it has the preference to feed on the ground, below the feeding station, provides me a strong hint. Further, being lucky to watch the bird close, the dark, almost black eyes confirms the identification.
Where When to Spot
I watched them on several occasions in Park Mont Royal during late autumn before and after first snowfall. The observation done in Summer was in Newfoundland near the airport.
|Park Angrignon, Montreal||2022-04-10|
|Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park||2021-08-26|
|Boisé Des Douze, St. Hyacinthe||2019-04-21|
|Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies||2019-04-13|
|Montreal Botanical Garden||2019-02-17|