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14cm. Conical bill with dark upper mandible, yellow eyes, dark lores, grey head and breast, rusty back, white outer tail feathers.
There are five subspecies:
Baird's Junco has in the past been viewed as a full species; it differs significantly in song from the two nearest populations.
High mountain areas.
It builds an open nest of dried grass. 3-5 pale grey or bluish-white eggs are laid and there are 2-3 broods a year. Incubation takes 15 days, and the young fledge 2 weeks later.
The diet includes seeds, berries and insects.
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