Definition of junco in English:



  • A North American songbird related to the buntings, with mainly gray and brown plumage.

    See also snowbird
    • ‘The seeds of this columbine are sought after by small birds, such as song sparrows, juncos, and many others.’
    • ‘‘We're already seeing robins, goldfinches, juncos and pine siskens,’ she said, and staffers have heard a few bluebirds lately.’
    • ‘On the lake itself, we mainly saw the same woodpeckers, gulls, goldfinch, robins, waxwings, juncos, and other common birds spotted last year.’
    • ‘Cracked corn is a favorite of mourning doves, grackles and juncos.’
    • ‘I also noted many more juncos in people's yards than in the past.’


Early 18th century: from Spanish, from Latin juncus rush, reed.