Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Dark-eyed Junco intergrades - Oregon Junco x Pink-sided Junco

Dark-eyed Junco intergrade ('Oregon Junco' x 'Pink-sided Junco'), Barr Lake, Adams County (Colorado, USA), 25th December 2012 - copyright Steve Mlodinow
(photo ID: 1228)

Steve's comments on this bird are:
"This junco fits Oregon x Pink-sided Junco well.  Given their extensive zone of contact, one would expect such intergrades to be relatively frequent, but I would guess that most of us place them in the Pink-sided or Oregon Junco bin as we ID them (myself included).  This bird's sides are much like a Pink-sided Junco, but the head is darker than typical for that taxon and the face mask relatively weak.  The back is more Oregon like."

(See also: Slate-coloured Junco x Oregon Junco, Pink-sided Junco x White-winged Junco, Pink-sided Junco x Grey-headed Junco, Grey-headed Junco x Red-backed Junco)

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Oregon Junco' Junco hyemalis oreganus-group
Pink-sided Junco' Junco hyemalis mearnsi-group

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