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Grants Pass Or.

I haven't had Juncos in my yard in months. This guy showed up and I had to do research.

Has junco movements and some markings. The head isn't all dark and chest has streaks. Has white tail feathers

I have come to the conclusion it is a Juvenile Dark-eyed Junco and he hasn't filled out regular feathers yet.

Any thoughts appreciated

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Yes, you’re correct this is a young bird in the Oregon Junco subspecies group. It’s either Simillimus or schufelditi, but almost impossible to ID without seeing an adult male. 

Edited by Connor Cochrane

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On 6/13/2020 at 12:07 PM, Connor Cochrane said:

I guess it could also be Thuberi subspecies

Subspecies names are never capitalized. According to Pyle (1997), it should be referable to thurberi. However, Grants Pass might well be close enough to the meeting with simillimus as to suggest caution when identifying any single junco to subspecies, and particularly for an immature mostly in juvenile plumage. There may well be mixed genes.

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