Dark-eyed Junco

Physical Traits

Widespread and common; males have white breasts, pink bills and charcoal gray bodies; females are browner; both sexes show white outer tail feathers in flight. They are often called "snowbirds" and are actually sparrows.


Their nests are grass-cupped and hidden on the ground. Dark-eyed Juncos prefers to feed on the ground near pine trees and in weedy fields.

Recommended Feeders

Feeder Tips

Scatter seed on the ground in a covered area or place a tray feeder in an open area that has cover from shrubs and trees nearby.  Dark-eyed Juncos are one of the most common birds at the feeder in winter.

States and Regions Found

Usually arrive in October and stay through April in North America and Northern Mexico.