The Dark-eyed Junco introduced himself to me just last year, shortly after I moved. These birds are among the last of the migrating bird species to leave for their summer homes every year. So it is no surprise that lately I see Dark-eyed Junco's almost everywhere I go. The Dark-eyed Junco is a handsome bird who is slate black from the tip of his tail to the top of his head, and over it to the throat and chest. His belly is an off white and his bill is pink.
|Dark-eyed Junco perched|
|Oregon Junco Female|
Unfortunately the photos I managed to capture of the Oregon Junco are somewhat blurred. However, you can still clearly see the difference between between the two birds, even though it turns out the photos I have are of a female Oregon. The Oregon Junco male has a slate black head and the same black throat and chest. However, his back and sides are rusty brown.
These colors are more muted in the female depicted here, fading to a slate gray as you can see. But the female's eyes are outlined by a patch of slate black. Like the Dark-eyed Junco, the Oregon's belly is off white and the bill is pink.
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