noun \ˈjəŋ-(ˌ)kō\
plural juncos or juncoes

Definition of JUNCO

:  any of a genus (Junco of the family Emberizidae) of small widely distributed North American finches usually having a pink bill, ashy gray head and back, and conspicuous white lateral tail feathers

Origin of JUNCO

New Latin, from Spanish, reed — more at jonquil
First Known Use: 1887

Rhymes with JUNCO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)—Steve and Dave Maslowski

Any of several species of finchlike birds (genus Junco, family Emberizidae), about 6 in. (15 cm) long, of Canada and the U.S. Juncos are usually a shade of gray; they have white outer tail feathers that are flashed in flight to the accompaniment of snapping or twittering calls. They are common winter birds. Their favoured habitat is mixed or coniferous forest, though they are often found in fields, thickets, and city parks.


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