Dark Light
Brown-headed Cowbird
Molothrus ater

Featured image credit: “Brown-headed Cowbirds, Male & Female (Molothrus ater)” by wackybadger is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

To hear songs, learn identification information, migratory patterns, and some fun facts, check out the Brown-headed Cowbird page offered by one of my favorite resources: the Cornell Lab of Ornithology »

I was glad I’ve only seen this bird once out here, because this is the #1 brood parasite in the U.S… the female doesn’t make a nest of her own, she lays her eggs in other birds’ nests and those other birds raise her babies. In various ways the cowbirds can over take the other baby birds (they hatch first, get all the food, smother the other smaller chicks) and frankly, they make me think of some ways that humans can also be unsavory.

All text and photos copyright © 2022 Middle Way Nature Reserve, unless noted.
Related Posts

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Every year these lil' guys return to Middle Way ... they love zinnias, and I also observed their pillow talk, if you know what I mean....story continued...