[Tweeters] Junco question

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Thu Nov 11 17:10:04 PST 2021


The only link I could get to work is this one:

This seems to be a pretty standard lighter female Oregon Junco.

Pink-sideds are among the most confused (and over-reported) junco form.
While superficially similar to Oregon, they are remarkably different when
you see one (which will not be in Washington, sad to say). Here are a male
and female I photographed in winter in Sycamore Canyon, Arizona:

Note the pink comes across the breast and almost touches, minimizing the
amount of white belly (it may also mix with the gray head). Compared to
Oregon, the head is more blue-gray than slate gray, the sides are more
brick red than pale rufous, and there are other interesting and rich
colors, like ochre and cinnamon tones to the upperparts and a hint of teal
to the rump. The males almost echo a pale Lazuli Bunting more than an
Oregon Junco.

hope this helps,

On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 3:29 PM Eric Snyder <guideon72 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Just recently we have been seeing a couple of notably different Juncos at

> our feeders. We always have Slate and Oregon varieties out here in

> Issaquah, but over the last couple of months, there are two (that we've

> been able to count at once) that would *appear*​ to my eye to be

> Pink-sided, which WOS seems to indicate would be fairly out of range here.

> These are some shots of one of our pretty little guests, shot through our

> shamefully dirty windows, so apologies for lack of contrast; could the eyes

> and minds here please give me a confirmation or refutation on the ID? The

> gray (vs black) head and the reddish/orangish more than "pink" sides are

> what lead me to the Pink-sided ID so far.


> [url=

> https://flic.kr/p/2mGQhfW][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51657907810_e000aebe04_h.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2mGQhfW]Junco

> Pink-sided-3431[/url] by [url=

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/snydremark/]Eric[/url], on Flickr


> [url=

> https://www.flickr.com/gp/snydremark/8uEGXq][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51657908465_6dd07f126a_h.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://www.flickr.com/gp/snydremark/8uEGXq]Junco

> Pink-sided-3429[/url] by [url=

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/snydremark/]Eric[/url], on Flickr


> And, just for helping out, a gander at the other well-dressed and

> individual bird that we've been graced with in the same time period; a

> somewhat piebald Oregon morph

> [url=

> https://www.flickr.com/gp/snydremark/GGB0EN][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51651095754_6517d1829a_h.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://www.flickr.com/gp/snydremark/GGB0EN]Junco-[/url]

> by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/snydremark/]Eric[/url], on Flickr


> Thanks, All!

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​Steve Hampton​
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