Dark-Eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

This small, distinctive member of the sparrow family is easily identified by its black head, and black-and-white flash of tail feathers as it flies off from foraging along the ground. Juncos can be seen all over campus, and are one of the clearest, persistent singers in the dawn chorus.  They nest low to the ground—and sometimes in unusual places, such as in a water fountain, or under an old tire.  See the Breeding Birds page for pictures of junco eggs and nestlings.

Photo Credit: Alan Sparkman

Audio Credit: Amanda Sparkman