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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Aves > Passeriformes > Passerellidae

Names in different Languages

GermanWinterammer
EnglishDark-eyed Junco
FrenchJunco ardoisé
SpanishJunco ojioscuro

Description

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.

Photos

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Observations

Park Angrignon, Montreal2022-04-10
Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park2021-08-26
Boisé Des Douze, St. Hyacinthe2019-04-21
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies2019-04-13
Montreal Botanical Garden2019-02-17
Park Mont-Royal2018-04-01
Park Mont-Royal2017-11-26
airport-heights-park2017-08-13
Park Mont-Royal2015-10-03