Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Brown-headed Cowbird

The Brown-headed Cowbird (Scientific name - Molotrus ater) is a stocky blackbird and is common throughout most of North America and down into Central America.  They are a brood parasite and have become a threat to songbirds. This is because they lay many eggs in the nests of other species.  Adult males have a glossy black body and a brown head. The females are fairly plain brown birds.  Juveniles display streaking on back and underparts. Photos taken in Manning Park, British Columbia in May 2013 (female) and May 2015 (top two males); Mission, British Columbia (Juvenile) in July 2015 and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in May 2015 (male)


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