J is for Junco hyemalis - Dark-eyed Junco, a North American migratory bird
|Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, March 9, 2017|
Juncos are grey sparrows with white underparts. They spend the Winter in the southern United States, and go to the northern United States and Canada to breed in the Summer. Here in the southeastern United States they are commonly called 'Snow Birds' for their habit of arriving at the beginning of Winter and leaving in the Spring.
Dark-eyed Juncos, Slate-colored Juncos, Oregon Juncos, and White-winged Juncos were once considered separate species because of differences in coloration, but they are now classified as the same species because they interbreed where their ranges overlap. You may see them on the ground foraging for seeds, beetles, caterpillars, spiders, and ants. You can attract them to your backyard feeders by offering millet seeds.
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