Tag Archives: Dark-eyed Junco

Melanins

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Social Signaling A book I received for Christmas got me interested in melanins in bird feathers. Melanins are pigments found in most organisms. Their chemistry is complex and their functions in many organisms are not understood. In birds they are … Continue reading

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Surprise

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  Dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis) feed mostly on seeds and insects. In winter the junco’s diet consists mostly of weed and grass seeds, while in the summer insects are added. Juncos forage mostly while hopping and running on the ground. … Continue reading

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The Juncos and The Falcon

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In winter, dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis) form flocks. When disturbed, the entire flock, in unison, flies into a tree. These little sparrows are very difficult to approach without the entire flock suddenly flying off. On a recent snowy and bitter … Continue reading

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Resident versus Migratory Bird Wings

While watching the dark-eyed or “Oregon” juncos (Junco hyemalis) pick through the cracked corn Leonard throws out for the birds, only when the ground is covered in deep snow, I began to muse about these little birds. They summer across … Continue reading

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Junco Bath Time

Feathers require constant care! In order to maintain their plumage, birds “bathe” to clean their feathers and rid them of parasites. Where water is available, birds bathe in water. In arid regions dust replaces water for feather grooming. Many birds … Continue reading

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Dark-eyed Junco

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I have always called this cute little member of the sparrow family an Oregon junco, even when I lived in western Pennsylvania. Currently¬†this junco is correctly named a dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). There are twelve subspecies of dark-eyed juncos divided … Continue reading

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