from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small North American birds of the genus Junco, having predominantly gray plumage, a gray or black head, and white outer tail feathers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any bird of the genus Junco, which includes several species of North American finch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any bird of the genus Junco, which includes several species of North American finches; -- called also snowbird, or blue snowbird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A notable genus of the finch family, Fringillidæ; the North American snowbirds.
  • n. [lowercase] Any bird of this genus; a snowbird.
  • n.
  • n. A thorny shrub or small tree, Kœberlinia spinosa, of southwestern Texas and northern Mexico, with numerous almost leafless branches, the branchlets ending in spines.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small North American finch seen chiefly in winter


Spanish, reed, from Latin iuncus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish (Wiktionary)


  • We have called the junco a snowbird, but this name should really be confined to a black and white bunting which comes south only with a mid-winter's rush of snowflakes.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • Afterwards I learned that it was the gray-headed junco, which is distinctly a western species, breeding among the mountains of Colorado.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • My junco was a little nervous at first and showed her white quills, but she soon grew used to my presence, and would alight upon the chair which I kept for callers, and upon my hammock-ropes.

    The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers

  • The junco is the most common feeder bird in North America.

  • "[Summer] deserved it after getting the word 'junco' correct." Headlines

  • I don't lose sleep over what sub-species of junco visits my feeder and all of my "birding" trips involve dogs and shotguns rather than binoculars and field guides.

    Holy Grails

  • I was surprised to see that even though none of the birds had their distinguishing colors, my mother knew most of the names¾a chickadee, a nut hatch; a junco, maybe; a mourning dove, no question; a cardinal or perhaps a blue jay.

    Amends '82: Part Two

  • The return of migratory birds like the white-throated sparrow and junco, the specific species varying by location.

    Acorns Keep Falling on My Head

  • Ponderosa pine forests contain the Steller's jay and dark-eyed junco.

    Nevada-Utah Mountains Semidesert - Coniferous Forest - Alpine Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • Common winter residents are the pink-sided junco, Shufeldt's junco, gray-headed junco, red-backed junco, Rocky Mountain nuthatch, mountain bluebird, robin, and Steller's jay.

    Colorado Plateau Semidesert Province (Bailey)


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