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Three different junco's.

Category: My Garden Birds | Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:29 pm

Althou they are all bunched into one name now, Dark eyed Junco's, they are different to me. Here are three that I have on the deck. The slate colored is rather rare though, I usuall only see one and not very often. The others are, Pink sided and the Oregon Junco.

( photo / image / picture from Kildale's Garden )

( photo / image / picture from Kildale's Garden )

( photo / image / picture from Kildale's Garden )

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Cayuga Morning wrote on Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:29 pm:

Interesting! I particularly like the puffy one, is it the pink sided Junco? And is the last one the rare slate colored one? It is good to see the three photos together and see the obvious differences. Do you know why they have been bunched together as dark-eyed Juncos? Is it like the differences between people & hair color? A brunette parent can have a red-headed child; can a pink sided junco have a slate colored chick?


eileen wrote on Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:53 am:

I'm afraid I know very little about Juncos but they appear to be around the same size as our House sparrows and have a similar body shape.Do you know if the three birds are males or females? Do they breed where you are or are they simply transients?

carolyn keiper wrote on Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:36 am:

Interesting Kildale, The slate colored one is the only one we have here.


Jerry Sullivan wrote on Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:08 pm:

The only Juncos we get around here are the Eastern slate colored ones. I have never seen the 'Western' versions. The rocky mountains tend to divide bird populations into Western and Eastern groups. Once thought to be separate species, the ones depicted are now classified as one species as they interbreed wherever their populations overlap. Since you see the 'Pink sided" and the Oregon Junco" do they travel in mixed or separate groups? Have you ever seen a white winged Junco?


Kildale wrote on Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:17 pm:

The Juncos are mixed together and also are here the year round. I haven't seen the white winged. I've had to release 5 or 6 that wandered in to the squirrel trap. Don't know why they go in there as there are only peanuts in the shell in there.

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