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small seed-eating bird of North America closely related to the sparrowssparrow,
common name of various small brown-and-gray perching birds. New World birds called sparrows are members of the finch family. They were named for their resemblance to the English sparrow and the European tree sparrow (members of the weaverbird family), both introduced in
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. Juncos have white underparts and gray (sometimes also brown) backs. They travel in flocks. The dark-eyed junco is the most common species, comprising in E North America the subgroup sometimes called the slate-colored junco, and several Western varieties. Juncos belong to the genus Junco and are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Emberizidae.
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Although predation of Dark-eyed Juncos by garter snakes is rarely reported, juncos are exposed throughout much of their breeding range to 1 or more garter snake species (Nolan and others 2002; Stebbins 2003).
Newcastle six-piece, The Junco Partners, were formed in 1964 - and the intervening fifty years hold a multitude of tales which really ought to be the subject of a book.
Therefore, the objectives of this study were to analyze winter foods of northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis), song sparrows (Melospiza melodia), dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis), and white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) collected on areas which had been recently clearcut, site prepared, and planted to pine seedlings, and to determine if these species were selecting seeds of certain genera or if their feeding habits were dependent on seed availability.
Employees of the Vermont-based chain traded their ice scream scoops for picks, shovels, rollers and hoses to spruce up the Casa Manuel Fernandez Juncos boys shelter in Miramar, as part of its community outreach program that covers all of the places it does business, reports News Is My Business (Jan.
The Juncos have a couple of local gigs coming up at the Volvo Tyne Theatre on February 28 and again at Whitley Bay Playhouse (in the upstairs bar) on March 14.
Atwell, a population of dark-eyed juncos that became established in the urban environment of San Diego County, Calif., in the early 1980s show persistently lower corticosterone levels when stressed and a willingness to explore more boldly novel situations when compared to a nearby population of the species living in its forested ancestral breeding range.
She was born in Juncos Puerto Rico, a daughter of Silvano and Felicita (Rivera) Colon and has lived in the Worcester and Oxford area for many years.
In dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis), individuals that were sired by a male other than their mother's pair-bonded partner grew up to have higher reproductive success than did individuals whose mother stayed faithful to her partner.