Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis


  • Size: 6 inches (14-16 cm)
  • Wingspan: 7 - 10 inches (18-25 cm)
  • Weight: .64 to 1.06 inches (18-30 g)

This bird is a medium, sparrow-size bird. They are generally grey or brown with a grey to black hood, white belly, dark-eyes and pink legs. When it flies, it is easy to see the white outer tail feather.


They feed mainly on the ground, eating grass and weed seeds. Will do a great job of cleaning up the seeds on the ground beneath your bird feeders. You can attract them best with a tray or platform style feeder.

Sex Differences:

The male and female look almost the same. The female may be slightly paler and browner.


The Junco nests in depressions on the ground near tall vegetation. It uses grass, moss, pine needles and rootlets for nest construction. The clutch contains 3 to 6 eggs and incubation lasts 12 to 13 days.


A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know

  • "Snowbird" is it's common nickname. It is often seen around feeders when it snows.
  • It is one of the most common song birds found at feeders across America.
  • Flocks will return to the same areas each winter, usually arriving at feeders in large numbers.

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I now know what this little bird is. There were only a few of them for a couple of days hiding in the cedars. Very hard to get a picture of them. I used …

Juncos in my yard when it snows 
I had always wondered why I only see these cute birds when there in snow on the ground. I finally found out. They generally nest on the ground and feed …

Our juncos near Ithaca NY Not rated yet
We ran out of our safflower seed mix but when I put out bread scraps and remnants of the kids trail mix (sunflower seeds and crushed almonds and peanuts)we …

Junco Not rated yet
They love to walk in the snow .I have regular feeders and they do clean up on the snow. I have walk around to fill the feeders and I leave boot tracks …

Juncos & other Visitors in Houston, Delaware Not rated yet
It has been snowing since last night. Early this morning I saw several Juncos on the ground and the feeder. These birds had very round white bellies, the …

Small flock of Dark-eyed Juncos Not rated yet
I have counted 8 Dark-eyed Juncos at my bird feeder... in fact it is a bird bath, platform styled feeder. This winter I wanted to continue to feed my goldfinches …

Juncos 24/7 Not rated yet
I live in the Niagara Region, directly at the foot of the Escarpment in Southern Ontario (Canada). In the winter months, juncos and doves frequently visit …

Dark eyed junco visitors Not rated yet
I recently looked out to my backyard thru the window and saw a different looking bird. I rushed to my computer to write in the description and up popped …

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