One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American songbird related to the buntings, with mainly gray and brown plumage.
Genus Junco, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae): three or four speciesSee also snowbird
- ‘‘We're already seeing robins, goldfinches, juncos and pine siskens,’ she said, and staffers have heard a few bluebirds lately.’
- ‘The seeds of this columbine are sought after by small birds, such as song sparrows, juncos, and many others.’
- ‘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 (originally ‘reed bunting’): from Spanish, from Latin juncus ‘rush, reed’.
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