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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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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.
Species such as dark-eyed juncos, towhees and mourning doves commonly search below feeders for scattered seed.
Neither Dark-eyed Juncos nor White-throated Sparrows were recorded in or near the plot prior to fire.
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.
Eventually, three species--house sparrows, dark-eyed juncos and white-throated sparrows--were shaking their bodies like wet dogs, sending sand flying in every direction.
Dark-eyed Juncos were the most catholic in their nest position on the slope and nested in the open rather than under woody vegetation.
Status signalling in dark-eyed juncos, Junco hyemalis: plumage manipulations and hormonal correlates of dominance.