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Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) - Junco hyemalis caniceps

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) breeds in northern Nevada, Utah, and Colorado and winters in southern Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico (Sibley 2014). In Montana, individuals of the Gray-headed population of Dark-eyed Juncos have a couple of records over the past decade.

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 7

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Citation for data on this website:
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) — Junco hyemalis caniceps.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from