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1. Any of several birds, such as the junco and the snow bunting, common in snowy regions.
2. Slang One who moves from a cold to a warm place in the winter.


1. (Animals) another name for the snow bunting
2. (Recreational Drugs) slang US a person addicted to cocaine, or sometimes heroin
3. informal US a retired person who moves to a warmer climate during the winter months



1. junco.
2. Informal. a person who vacations in or moves to a warmer climate during cold weather.
3. Slang. a cocaine addict or habitual user.
[1830–40, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snowbird - medium-sized Eurasian thrush seen chiefly in wintersnowbird - medium-sized Eurasian thrush seen chiefly in winter
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Turdus, Turdus - type genus of the Turdidae
2.snowbird - white Arctic buntingsnowbird - white Arctic bunting      
bunting - any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of Europe or North America
3.snowbird - small North American finch seen chiefly in wintersnowbird - small North American finch seen chiefly in winter
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
genus Junco - American finches
dark-eyed junco, Junco hyemalis, slate-colored junco - common North American junco having grey plumage and eyes with dark brown irises
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The gynandromorph we observed fed amongst conspecifics in addition to other species such as Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus), Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis), Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia), and Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura).
Studying dark-eyed juncos, Whittaker's team compared which were more effective - chemical signals or size and attractive plumage.
Atwell, a population of dark-eyed juncos that became established in the urban environment of San Diego County, Calif.
1973) and the second-most common species behind dark-eyed juncos in our study.
During periods of deep snow or icing, bird feeders can become of paramount importance to birds - particularly ground-feeders and seed-eaters such as dark-eyed juncos, cardinals, mourning doves and black-capped chickadees - because they quickly become some of the few feeding locations open, with the exception of plowed roads and driveways, waterways and spring seeps.
Last December, while climbing in woods near Boston, Joslin shared the branches of a tall conifer with a flock of wintering dark-eyed juncos, small birds from Canada that roost high in the pine trees of Massachusetts in winter.
The feeding habits and preferences of four species of songbirds, northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis), song sparrows (Melospiza melodia), dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis), and white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) were examined from November to February of 1980-81, 1981-82, and 1982-83.
Hummingbirds cavort in her yard year-round, and on Saturday alone, she counted five mourning doves, two dark-eyed juncos, a white-crowned sparrow and two house finches.
Birds of particular note: a regularly nesting pair of red-shouldered hawks, dark-eyed juncos, pine warblers and bald eagles along the river in winter.
Currently there are no fewer than six subspecies of Dark-eyed Juncos recognized, and the taxonomy of this group is a topic of both past (Miller 1941) and recent contention (Nolan et al.
In dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis), individuals that were sired by a male other than their mother's pair-bonded partner grew up to have higher reproductive success than did individuals whose mother stayed faithful to her partner.