junco

noun
jun·co | \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

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Moreover, when researchers forced a grayish sparrow called a junco (which has some of the lowest fledgling survival rates among the species studied) to stay in the nest for 13 days instead of 10, more lived to adulthood. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Time to fly? Birds that leave the nest at the wrong time can bring disaster on the whole family," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of junco

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for junco

New Latin, from Spanish, reed — more at jonquil

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Juncaceae

Juncaginaceae

junco

Juncoides

Juncos

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The first known use of junco was in 1887

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junco

noun
jun·co | \ˈjəŋ-kō \
plural juncos or juncoes

Kids Definition of junco

: a small mostly gray North American bird usually having a pink bill

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