Yellow-eyed Junco (Junco phaeonotus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Junco
Species: phaeonotus

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On Dec 30, 2008, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Identification Tips:
Size: 6.25 inches
Yellow eye
Black lores
Grayish overall
Reddish-brown back
Conical bill with dark upper mandible
Gray head and breast
Rusty back
White outer tail feathers

Habitat and Behavior: Unites States range restricted to southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Coniferous forests of Ponderosa pines, Douglas firs, Mexican pinyons; pine-oak slopes; mountains above 6,000 feet elevation. Forages on ground. Tame near picnic grounds in Arizona.