Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

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


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Happy Jack, Arizona
, British Columbia
Canoga Park, California
Klamath River, California
Oakland, California
Solvang, California
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Byron, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Montpelier, Idaho
Algonquin, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Corunna, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Wichita, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Calvert City, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Clinton, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Oakland, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Hamel, Minnesota
Le Center, Minnesota
Golden, Mississippi
Brunswick, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Dixon, Missouri
Elsberry, Missouri
Galena, Missouri
Independence, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Steelville, Missouri
Seeley Lake, Montana
Whitefish, Montana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Brookline, New Hampshire
Beachwood, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Toms River, New Jersey
Woodstown, New Jersey
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Hamburg, New York
Himrod, New York
South Richmond Hill, New York
White Plains, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Graham, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Dalton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Haskins, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Finger, Tennessee
Fabens, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Hurt, Virginia
Locust Dale, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Lakewood, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Shelton, Washington
Racine, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Feb 16, 2021, TFuss from Drumright, OK wrote:

I have several pair of Dark-Eyed Juncos this winter. They come into my feeders from the trees and brush along my creek in Drumright, Oklahoma..


On Aug 21, 2019, AmyInNH from Brookline, NH wrote:

I've not looked into if these are migratory, but I only notice them here in the winter. Twice now, they've hung on the screens during a winter storm, and if I open the door to see if a cat's out there bother them *they've* *flown* *into* *the* *house*, and stayed for the night, settling in on house plants. I wake up to hear them crashing into the glass ornaments around the windows, trying to get out, early a.m.
Curious and inquisitive little guys.


On May 22, 2017, ignatz713 from White Plains, NY wrote:

Lovely, delicate little bird, new to me this year in Westchester, NY, but apparently here for a few years according to bird watching friends.

Only in this area for a few months, be sure to look for it. They swarm on food if you lay it out for them (squirrels took over all my bird feeders) and then flit off, the whites under their tails a sure identifier.

I hope to see them again next year, they make a nice addition to the 'usual suspects' and the more recent addition of the chickadee.

Welcome, Dark-eyed Junkos and to Google for allowing me to identify this bird by a vague description! My bird watching friend confirmed I was correct.


On Apr 7, 2012, hmm214 from Racine, WI wrote:

I usually enjoy juncos in my yard all winter and always look forward to seeing them. They are always ground feeders here, unless deep snow drives them to the feeders. But I didn't have a single one during this entire very mild winter until the end of March, when they were here for a couple of weeks.


On Jan 9, 2012, hydey6 from Corunna, IN wrote:

This is the first year I've ever seen these little birds and it took awhile for me to find out what they were. I discovered them hopping around on my patio picking at the seeds in the flower beds this winter. They keep flying into the screen on my kitchen window which scares me because I'm afraid they'll be hurt. But they just bounce back up and fly off. They hang around the front porch also. I haven't seen them eating at any of the feeders yet and there is at least a dozen of them. There are adorable to watch!


On Mar 13, 2010, twiddledee from Dixon, MO wrote:

We love watching this energetic little bird! We have many Slate-colored Juncos, but recently two Oregon Juncos have joined the group. They are beautiful! We had never seen this colored Junco before. They showed up on March 10, 2010. A cute experience: A single snowbird will come to our window (where we sit and watch them) and hop around on the oil tank beneath the window. He comes close and appears to be looking in at us! We don't know if it's the same bird, but this happens almost every day throughout the winter and early spring. We like to think it's the same little fella, and named him "Telly".... because he "tells" us "thank you" for the food or that the supply is getting low.... :)


On Mar 6, 2010, mcash70 from Logan Lake, BC (Zone 3a) wrote:

I love these sweet friendly little birds. I have them at my feeders year round, and when DH and I go camping seems it doesn't matter where, we usually have a few around the campsite.


On Dec 26, 2009, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Generally these sparrow-sized birds are slate-gray above and white below, especially on the eastern half of the country; though some have buff coloration on their flanks. The 'Oregon Junco" has a black hood with rust colored/rufous back. The Black Hills variety has white wing bars and a bit more white on their tail.
I saw a "Oregon Junco" in my back yard during this past snow storm. The first time I have ever seen one here. It was thrilling.


On Feb 15, 2009, REBLOOMER from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

They hang out on the feeders on my deck. When we had several inches of snow a few weeks ago that covered the feeders, these birds knew how to find it, by digging and scratching for it. Guess that's why they're called "SnowBirds".


On Feb 9, 2009, shortafoot from Dalton, OH wrote:

I've noticed that these little fellows like the thistle on the ground under my Finch feeders and have seen them snitch peanut butter from my pine cones also. Love them! They're fun to watch.


On Jan 28, 2009, SusanLouise from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love these cute little birds...and they are a hoot to watch them hopping backwards as they scratch the ground looking for food. They also have a pleasant/happy chirp that's a joy to listen to...


On Dec 29, 2008, burn_2007 from Grand-Falls, NB (Zone 4a) wrote:

I see them, in my yard in late fall through early spring. They are mostly ground feeder, but will use feeders sometimes. Their favorite food is millet, but have seen them eat sunflower seeds also.