Yellow-eyed Junco

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 October 2010
Scientific Name
Junco phaeonotus
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Junco
  • J. phaeonotus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6 to 6.25 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) strnadec žlutooký
Danish (Dansk) Guløjet Junco
Dutch (Nederlands) Geeloogjunco
Finnish (Suomi) meksikonjunkko
French (Français) Junco aux yeux jaunes
German (Deutsch) Rotrückenjunko
Italian (Italiano) Junco occhigialli
Japanese (日本語) メキシコユキヒメドリ (mekishikoyukihimedori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Guløyejunko
Polish (Polski) junko górski
Spanish (Español) Junco de Ojos Amarillos
Swedish (Svenska) Gulögd junco
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