Birds of St. Charles County, MO
Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco
Junco hyemalis

Size: 5 1/2"

Male: (Shown) A round, dark-eyed bird with a slate gray or charcoal chest, head, and back. White belly. Ivory-to-pink bill. Since the outermost tail feathers are white, tail appears as a white V in flight.

Female: Similar to male, with a tan-to-brown chest.

Juvenile: Similar to female, but with a streaked head and breast.

Nest: Female and male build cup nest. Two broods per year.

Eggs: 3-5; white with reddish brown markings

Incubation: 12-13 days; female incubates

Fledging: 10-13 days; male and female feed young

Migration: The Dark-eyed Junco is a migrator and can be found in St. Charles County during the winter months.

Food: Seeds, insects, and will come to seed feeders.

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