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Yellow-eyed Junco

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About the Yellow-eyed Junco

Also known as: Arizona Junco, Mexican Junco, Red-backed Junco

The Yellow-eyed Junco is a small songbird who lives in Mexico and parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. Like some subspecies of Dark-eyed Juncos, they have grey and rusty plumage. They are named for their yellow eyes, unique in North American junco species.

Yellow-eyed Juncos are part of the sparrow family. They are non-migratory within their range. Their preferred breeding habitat is coniferous forest.

Because of their abundance in their range, and their ability to adapt to captivity, the Yellow-eyed Junco has been extensively studied by ornithologists. This means that much of their life history is well known by science.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 October 2010
Scientific Name Junco phaeonotus
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Junco
  • J. phaeonotus
Birdorable Family Sparrows
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6 to 6.25 inches
Range North America Central America South America United States (West)

International Names

  • strnadec žlutooký (Czech)
  • Guløjet Junco (Danish)
  • Geeloogjunco (Dutch)
  • meksikonjunkko (Finnish)
  • Junco aux yeux jaunes (French)
  • Rotrückenjunko (German)
  • Junco occhigialli (Italian)
  • メキシコユキヒメドリ (mekishikoyukihimedori) (Japanese)
  • Guløyejunko (Norwegian)
  • junko górski (Polish)
  • Junco de Ojos Amarillos (Spanish)
  • Gulögd junco (Swedish)