Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis ssp. hyemalis), Slate-colored Junco

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 

The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is a bird in the Sparrows Family (Fringillidae or Emberizidae) of order Passeriformes, genus Junco and species hyemalis. The only Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) found in the area of French Hill Pond and shown on this page is a subspecies called the Slate-colored Junco. The upper parts of this bird are a dark slate color. The breast is a light slate color. The beak is pink. They are very common around French Hill Pond and are particularly noticeable in winter because their upper body color contrasts strongly with snow.

The mature Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis) grows to between five to six and a half inches (13 to 16 centimeters) long on a diet of insects and seeds. It prefers conifer or mixed conifer/deciduous forests where it forages on the ground. These juncos will often bee seen foraging under bird feeders as shown in the photographs.

The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) builds a cup-like nest on or near the ground made of moss, bark and grass. The female lays three to five green, brown-spotted eggs.


Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 


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