Dark-eyed Junco Information
Length: 5 - 6.5"
Breeding habitat: Edges of coniferous and mixed forests, forest clearings, open woodlands, burned-over areas, wooded borders of streams.
Winter habitat: Weedy fields, brushy areas, roadsides, hedgerows, open woodlands, residential areas.
Diet: Weed seeds and grass seeds; insects, including caterpillars, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles; spiders; some wild fruits.
Songs and calls of the Dark-eyed Junco
Preferred Bird Feeder Food
Juncos favor millet, black oil sunflower hearts, and cracked corn. They also eat whole sunflower seeds, nyjer seed, and oats (uncooked).
This bird feeds on the ground or from a platform feeder.
Facts about the habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, and migration of this bird. Includes photos, range map and sounds. (From Audubon Field Guide)
- Pink, conical bill
- White outer tail feathers
- Considerable geographic variation in plumage
- Various forms were formerly considered separate species
- Dark gray head, breast and upperparts
- White belly
- Female and immatures somewhat browner than adult male and may have buffy flanks
- Breeds in eastern United States and Canada
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Breeding Bird Survey Map,
(Image credit: USGS)
Range Maps from Cornell
Dark-eyed Junco Breeding, nonbreeding and
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS