- A North American finch that typically breeds in the coniferous forests of the far north.
- A small, dark-eyed, and slate-colored bird that feeds on the ground and has a typically white belly.
Late 17th century: from spanish, from quechua huñuco.
- Juncos are found in wooded areas, gardens, and open country.
- The female junco builds the nest in a sheltered location on the ground or low in a bush or tree.
- In winter, juncos flock to bird feeders to feast on sunflower seeds.
- A junco's tail is cocked at a steep angle when the bird is feeding on the ground.
- The male junco has a dark hood and a rusty back, making it easy to identify.