Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)
The dark-eyed junco is a species of the juncos, a genus of small grayish American sparrows. This bird breed in forests across much of North America and at elevations ranging from sea level to more than 11,000 feet. and in summer ranges far into the Arctic.
It is a very variable species, and its systematics are still not completed. Up to 15 different subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco are recognized. These are usually divided into five (sometimes six) major groups: Slate-colored Junco; White-winged Junco; Oregon Junco; Pink-sided Junco; and Gray-headed Junco.
The Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America, and recent estimate set the junco’s total population at approximately 630 million individuals.
Forages mostly on seeds, while hopping and running on the ground.
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