The dark-eyed junco is a winter favorite and throughout North America. Learn how to attract the dark-eyed junco to your yard, and listen to its song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Junco hyemalis.
- Family: Finch.
- Length: 6-1/4 inches.
- Wingspan: 9-1/4 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: Coloration varies regionally. Common characteristics are dark eyes, white-edged tails and black, brown or gray hoods.
- Nest: Cup-shaped, nests on ground. Lays 4 to 6 eggs.
- Song: Trills vary in pitch and tempo, from dry notes to tingling sounds.
- Habitat: Near feeders, forests and bogs.
- Diet: Seeds, nuts and grains in winter; insects, berries and grass seeds in summer.
- Backyard Favorites: Birdseed and cracked corn scattered on ground.