The Field Identification of the “Hooded” Juncos

The Field Identification of the “Hooded” Juncos is officially a work-in-progress. I will cover four subspecies in the document; Slate-colored, Cassiar, Oregon (J. h. montaus as well as J. h. shufeldti) and Pink-sided. I managed to glean all my previous references, as well as gather photos that were previously sent by Ontario birders. This will be self-published and self-edited work, completely open to scrutiny/improvement upon completion. Any additional information/corrections made, will result in an updated PDF. In the meantime, if you have any photos of “hooded” juncos (Cassiar or Oregon…or even a brownish Slate-colored), I’d love to review them and possibly include them in the article! Photos can be sent to Please include the date of the observation and the city/town, as well as the county, within Ontario. I think that’s all for now…Good birding.

Oregon Dark-eyed Junco     (Junco hyemalis montanus) and (Junco hyemalis shufeldtiJ. h. montanus and J. h. shufeldti

Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis hyemalis)

Pink-sided Dark-eyed Junco   (Junco hyemalis mearnsi)

Cassiar Dark-eyed Junco     (Junco hyemalis cismonatnus)