Junco (noun)

  1. A North American finch that typically breeds in the coniferous forests of the far north.
  2. A small, dark-eyed, and slate-colored bird that feeds on the ground and has a typically white belly.

Origin:

Late 17th century: from spanish, from quechua huñuco.

Examples:

  1. Juncos are found in wooded areas, gardens, and open country.
  2. The female junco builds the nest in a sheltered location on the ground or low in a bush or tree.
  3. In winter, juncos flock to bird feeders to feast on sunflower seeds.
  4. A junco's tail is cocked at a steep angle when the bird is feeding on the ground.
  5. The male junco has a dark hood and a rusty back, making it easy to identify.
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