Junco, Dark-eyed (Grey-headed) 

Junco, Dark-eyed (Grey-headed) - Junco hyemalis caniceps
 Forest Service Trail 796 from Kingston Cemetery to
Emory Pass, Black Range, New Mexico
December 25, 2017 - Photo above and two below

The Grey-headed Junco subspecies was first described by Woodhouse in 1853.  It is closely related to J. h. dorsalis which is also found in western New Mexico.  The Dark-eyed Junco species (as currently recognized) is divided into several groups, most of which have several subspecies assigned to them.  There are speciation questions about the make-up of the groups and about whether some subspecies or groups should be elevated to full species.

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Photo immediately above and those below - Hillsboro, New Mexico

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