Slate Coloured Juncos

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The little slate coloured juncos are frequent winter visitors to the gardens.  Juncos are found across North America and they vary slightly in appearance from east to west.

Here in my part of Ontario, Canada we see the slate coloured juncos.  They are mainly end of Fall, winter, early spring visitors.  They certainly enhance our winter bird viewing.


It has a solid black/dark grey head, neck, back and wings.  The rest of the little body is white.  The males are a bit darker than the females.


They are mainly ground feeders and can be seen in groups under the feeders.  They like various seeds, suet and will peck at the peanuts.


The juncos we saw in BC were the dark eyed Oregon juncos.  You can see the slight variation in their appearance.

ABC Wednesday is up to J. J for juncos.

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22 Responses

  1. Daniel LaFrance

    Insightful post! I didn’t know male’s were darker than females. ? ??

  2. Margy

    Our Oregon Juncos are summer visitors. Each year we have them nest up on our cliff and then bring the babies down to our bridge where the seed feeder hangs. I’ve also watched them take a water bath in the shallow water underneath. – Margy

  3. linda

    Always happy to see the wee Juncos arrive…
    Enjoy your week…gonna get steamy again …:o(
    Linda :o)

  4. ABC Wednesday

    Beautiful shots, gorgeous creature, Lucky you

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  5. Country Gal

    Our Juncos should arrive at the end of October beginning of November . They are such cute little birds . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing .

  6. Eileen Wise

    Hello, nice post and photos on the Juncos. I think the Oregon Junco is beautiful. I guess we will be seeing our Juncos soon. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new ahead. PS, thanks also for the visit and comment on my blog

  7. Jean

    Enjoyed seeing your juncos. Ours haven’t returned quite yet. I’m not in a huge hurry for that because then they’ll bring the cold weather with them. They are fun to watch though. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  8. P. Hayden

    Hello…. we have seen about a half-dozen here in Ottawa in the last 3 weeks (December), matching the top photo in this page. They seem to have settled into eating finch-sized seed here along our barred fence and in large-ledged feeders, into which they sit to eat. Thanks.

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