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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Aves > Passeriformes > Passerellidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishDark-eyed Junco
FrenchJunco ardoisé
SpanishJunco ojioscuro


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.



2022-04-10Parc Angrignon
2021-08-26Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
2019-04-21Boisé Des Douze
2019-04-13Parc de la Frayère
2019-02-17Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2018-04-01Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2018-04-01Parc Mont-Royal
2017-11-26Parc Mont-Royal
2017-08-13Airport Heights Park
2015-10-03Parc Mont-Royal