junco

[juhng-koh]
noun, plural juncos.
any of several small North American finches of the genus Junco.
Also called snowbird.


Origin:
1700–10; < Spanish: rush, bird found in rush beds < Latin juncus rush

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junco (ˈdʒʌŋkəʊ)
 
n , pl -cos, -coes
any North American bunting of the genus Junco, having a greyish plumage with white outer tail feathers
 
[C18: from Spanish: a rush, a marsh bird, from Latin juncus rush]

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junco
1706, from Sp. junco "reed, bush," as in junco ave "reed sparrow," a bird of the Indies.
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Common summer resident birds include the white-throated sparrow, northern junco, and yellow-bellied sapsucker.
The slate-colored junco is distinguished by the slaty-gray back, white bill, and white underparts.
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