Friday, June 14, 2013

Winter Bird: Dark-eyed Junco

You may recognize this bird because it is pretty common to see one during the winter. It is a dark-eyed junco. 

They spend the summer in Canada and spend the winter in the US. 

Juncos are in the New World sparrow family: Emberizidae 

The very common house sparrow, featured on this blog, is the only sparrow in North America not in the family Emberizidae. The house sparrow was introduced N.A. in New York City in 1851 and are a part of the Old World sparrow family: Passeridae. 

Hopefully we will see more Emberizids this summer (Song sparrow)

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